Muscle men from 31 Squadron at RAF Marham are to combine a deployment to Afghanistan with a 31,000-tonne trial of strength.
The airmen’s aim is to raise funds for two West Norfolk-based charities by lifting 31,000 tonnes during their five-month tour under Operation Herrick.
Senior aircraftman (SAC) Dave Russell said: “We hope to raise a significant amount of money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which is dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed while serving in the British armed forces, and for Tapping House Norfolk Hospice, which provides comfort and compassion to those nearing the end of their lives and to their families and friends.”
They plan to achieve their target by a combination of weight lifting and other intense gym work, body weight exercises and a special strong man endurance challenge.
Dave said: “We have set ourselves a difficult target but we are looking forward to the challenge and hope our efforts will bring in a generous amount of sponsorship for two worthwhile causes.”
He asked anyone who would like to support the airmen to go to www.bmycharity.com/31000Tonnes to help Scotty’s Little Soldiers or www.justgiving.com/31000Tonnes to help Tapping House.
The airmen got their training off to a good start by visiting Heros Gym in Lynn where champion strong man Simon Flint instructed them in safe lifting techniques.