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Telemark training for mum who joined the RAF

Aircraftwoman Sarah McGhin.

Aircraftwoman Sarah McGhin.

A SINGLE mum-of-three is flying high after getting her dream job in the RAF.

Sarah McGhin is braving sub-zero temperatures in the Norwegian mountains of Telemark as she learns the skills she needs for her role with the Royal Airforce Reserves.

Just six weeks after completing her basic training, Aircraftwoman Sarah, from Murton, is one of 48 recruits from across the UK selected to train in the near-Arctic conditions.

The 35-year-old is the newest member of 609 Squadron, based at RAF Leeming in Yorkshire, and will become an administrator on the RAF Regiment squadron.

She said: “It sounds really silly but I don’t like the cold and I don’t like the snow, but I thought I would push myself to see how far I could go and see if I would actually enjoy it – and I have up to now.”

Sarah will combine her day job in the office of Sunderland recycling company Alex Smiles Ltd with her RAF commitments.

However, it was not until she spoke to the RAF Reserves she found it was possible to balance family and work life with a second job in uniform.

Sarah added: “I was under the impression that I wouldn’t be able to manage joining the Reserves, having the kids and being on my own, but it was just a dream that I wanted to follow and I pushed it and here I am.”

Exercise Wintermarch has seen reservists including gunners, intelligence analysts, administrators, nurses and logistics movers, learn how to Nordic ski, survive avalanches and prevent cold weather injuries.

The organiser, Squadron Leader Paul Chegwidden, said: “Our main aims are to give Reservists the opportunity to travel, experience another culture and do things that will challenge them; taking them outside of their normal civilian environment and comfort zone.”

The RAF Reserves are recruiting with information available via www.RAF.mod.uk/RAFReserves.

 

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