Jacobs Dunkirk Challenge 2020

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  1. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Well done Jacob !
    (and, of course,:point: "Andrew, 51" )
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  2. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    Congratulations, Jacob and Andrew. A job well done. Just a quick question, did Jacob have to carry you back down Drew?
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Well done
  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles


    Get that lad a pint... err.. of milk or something.
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  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thank you. It was an amazing day. Jacob (remember he's only 5) climbed unaided to the top and then back down again, climbing 2,200 feet and covered a total distance of 6 1/2 miles.

    Complete strangers were donating money as we were going up and a small crowd were waiting for him at the top and they all cheered and clapped him as he reached the summit which left me lost for words. To cap the climb off just as we stated the decent a Hawk T2 Trainer from RAF Valley flew over and dipped its wing.

    The BBC have done a short video of the event inc a special message which was a total surprise when we were in the BBC Studios yesterday:
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  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    We reached our final target of £6,000 yesterday so thank you to everyone who's donated. I'll still be adding some more cash over the next week hopefully.
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  8. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    Those who are lucky enough to have access to the Yorkshire Evening Post will find a full page article, with photographs, of Jacob Newsom and his fund raising achievement. Those who are not lucky enough to live in Yorkshire can still find it online.

    Well done.

  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Oh wow-News to me excuse the pun :lol:
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

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  11. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    ....and also an article with photos - always nice to also meet a Dambuster - in the Daily Express today.
    Well done Jacob.
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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Got a link or is it in the actual paper?
  13. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    It's in the actual paper. Page 27.

    Edit: saw it when at my mums yesterday but forgot to take a photo of it to post here! I've asked her to keep the paper in case you don't manage to get a copy.
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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I got a copy, thanks for the heads up.
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  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    He's only doing another one !

    With this year being the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations and the campaign that was to become the saviour of the Free World today Jacob is going to walk the escape and evasion route of Pilot Officer Al Deere 80 years to the day he crashed in Belgium and escaped from the East Mole at Dunkirk. A distance of roughly 25km in his flying suit.

    Just in case anyone has got a few quid spare to donate to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund I've added the link to Jacobs Just Giving Page, thanks ;)

    Read Jacob's story
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  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Rob (Ramacal) kingly gave me a signed picture of Al Deere that we are going to get framed and take with us. BF56D00C-0211-4296-8DC4-1522A0D17712.jpeg
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi All,

    Just by way of an update. Jacob's Dunkirk Challenge is still officially going ahead although we expect it to be delayed until the summer holidays. The decider will be either travel restrictions or our accommodation being cancelled.
    Here’s a couple of special images from a photo shoot at IWM Duxford with the MkI Spitfire that featured in the Dunkirk Movie. 9434FE44-FA58-4849-A46C-761D37F110A3.jpeg 2CAC10E3-0295-4FB6-B894-438012645AB5.jpeg
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  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Sadly we've had to delay until the end of August due to the virus, so Jacob is now doing it 80 years and 3 months to the day.
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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

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  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Jacob was on the Yorkshire ITV news last month talking about his Dunkirk Challenge
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