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Sean Reaches New Heights for the Trust

Published: 19 Sep 2019


Inspirational RAF veteran Sean Allerton has scaled the 'top of London' in a wheelchair - raising funds for a number of charities including the RAF Charitable Trust.

The intrepid 54-year-old, who lost the use of his legs in a road traffic collision whilst on duty in Cyprus several years ago, scaled The O2 arena in his wheelchair.

Before his accident, Sean served in the RAF, undertaking multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Germany, and Cyprus. He served as an RAF Regiment gunner in 58, 3, and 34 Squadrons for eleven years.

Sean was joined in his ascent over the top of the 52m high arena roof by an RAF air cadet and other supporters including RAFCT Director Justine Morton and RAF Air Cadet Commandant Air Cdre Dawn McCafferty.

In 2011, RAFCT funded a scholarship to enable Sean to learn to fly with the Flying Scholarships for the Disabled charity. Sean, who lives in Yorkshire, said: "The scholarship spurred me to give back to the charities who helped me."

RAFCT Director Justine Morton said: "Sean is a wonderful inspiration and is forever thinking of new and challenging ways to raise money for his chosen charities and the Trust is very grateful to be among those who benefit. Joining him on his climb to the roof of The O2 demonstrated to me not only his great determination and spirit - but also what a big heart he has."

 

Pictured: Sean with his team of climbers including RAFCT Director Justine Morton, second right.


 

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