MARCH 20TH 2017
Cycling 240 miles for charity
A RAF Reservist from Lincolnshire is set to cycle 240 miles across Northern France to raise money for a military charity.
Flight Sergeant Sharon Wyatt, aged 45, is based at Headquarters Intelligence Reserves at RAF Waddington and has dedicated most of her adult life to being a part of the military.
Originally serving full-time in the RAF for 24 years, Sharon later joined the RAF Reserve in 2012 as she wanted to spend more time at home with her family.
In August this year, Sharon is set to ride 240 miles to raise money for SSAFA, a charity that provides support for service personnel, veterans and military families in need.
Sharon said: “My friend Flight Sergeant Lesley Woodley and I thrive on taking on new challenges and pushing ourselves to raise vital funds for charities close to our hearts. Ride to the Somme is an event that commemorates the cycling soldiers that fought and fell along the Western Front. Money raised from the event will go to SSAFA who I have personally found to be a brilliant listening ear during my career. They have fantastic links into the local community and can often offer those in need the help and support they need.”
Taking to the road for the first time on two wheels in May last year, Sharon and her friend Lesley rode 100 kilometres during an event called Ride the Night, a female only cycling event in the UK travelling from the Royal Winsor Racecourse into London and back to the racecourse. On this occasion Sharon and Lesley collectively raised £900 for three cancer charities.
Training is now underway for Sharon’s latest challenge, with Sharon cycling and running in any free time she gets to keep her fitness at a good level before the charity ride this summer.
Sharon explained: “Being a reservist is great as it allows me to be a mum and still do the job I love. I have two sons at home so decided to leave my previous RAF career to take on a full-time Reserve Service role instead as it suited my lifestyle. My family are always incredibly supportive of my charity endeavours and understand that it is important to me to raise funds for causes that could help other members of the community.”
As well as preparing for her next charity challenge, Sharon also recently nominated her parents for a Soldiering on Award as she wanted to thank them for all of the support they have offered both her family over many years, especially during her full-time RAF career.
Sharon concluded: “My parents have always been fantastic. They have rearranged their own plans on many occasions when I was serving full-time to look after my sons, and I wanted to officially thank them. They were shocked when I told them I had nominated them in the ‘family values’ category, but I’m pleased I did.”
The Soldiering on Awards took place on 9 Feb 17 and Sharon’s parents were shortlisted alongside four other finalists in this category.
To sponsor Sharon to complete the Ride to the Somme event visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SharonWyatt_GotSomeInReserve
"Ride to the Somme is an event that commemorates the cycling soldiers that fought and fell along the Western Front. Money raised from the event will go to SSAFA who I have personally found to be a brilliant listening ear during my career."