In October 2013, five Howdens’ employees took part in the Dambusters Run for Leonard Cheshire Disability. David Collins, James Morris, Kevin Sadler, Mark Fiander and Stephen Taggart ran from Le Court in Hampshire (the site of the first Leonard Cheshire home for people with disabilities) to Blisworth in Northamptonshire...
Starting at 5am, they continued until 2am the following day, covering nearly 100 miles between them as part of the relay team on the first day of the event.
The full run was 700 miles, all the way to RAF Lossiemouth near Inverness, which members of the RAF No. 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron completed in just seven days. This was their last UK call of action before heading off to Afghanistan for their final tour of duty.
The event is especially significant, as Leonard Cheshire commanded the squadron during World War Two. The charity’s current chairman, Ilyas Khan, who also joined the Dambusters runners, said: “It is a privilege to run alongside members of the No. 617 Squadron who are giving their time and commitment to take part in our Dambusters Run. This run continues the legacy of our founder Leonard Cheshire in the 70th year since the Dambusters raids.”
Squadron Leader, Mark Jackson, explained the squadron’s dedication to the charity: “Disability is a cause close to anyone who has toured Afghanistan. Leonard Cheshire was a commander of our squadron during World War Two, who opened his home to disabled veterans following the war. Our guys have seen how the charity supports disabled people today and were moved beyond words. There is no more fitting tribute than to use our strength in the Dambusters Run to repay his.”