A 102-year-old former flight lieutenant with remarkable achievements is defying age and embarking on an extraordinary fundraising challenge.

Former Flight Lieutenant Colin Bell, DFC, AE, FRICS, is set to abseil down Europe's highest elevated helipad.

Colin, born in 1921 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, will do so in support of charities such as the RAF Benevolent Fund, London's Air Ambulance, and the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

Colin joined the RAF in late 1940 and prior to the United States' entry into the war, he underwent flying training in America.

With an impressive record of 50 bombing raids, including 13 over Berlin, he exemplifies courage and valour.

Colin said: “I may be 102-years-old, but I want to do my bit and raise money for these amazing charities.

“I’m glad to be doing something that can help – quite frankly at my age, I’m glad to be doing anything.

“The RAF Benevolent Fund does the most amazing job in supporting members of the RAF Family though thick and thin, providing practical, emotional, and financial support whenever it is needed. I would hugely appreciate and encourage any donations."

Between August 21 and 23, Colin took part in a sponsored walk, visiting significant locations tied to his wartime role during the Second World War.

He did his walk in three stages over three days, and on day one he walked from Churchill College Cambridge to the American Military Cemetery in Madingley.

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Accompanying him was Randolph Churchill, the great-grandson of the legendary Winston Churchill.

The second day led Colin to RAF Wyton, the very place where he underwent his training as a Mosquito Bomber Pilot.

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This visit allowed him to revisit the site where his dreams were born, and his heroic journey began.

On the third and final day, Colin continued his walk to RAF Downham Market, Bexwell Church, and the VCs Memorial.

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To mark one year since the death of Queen Elizabeth, Colin is determined to keep the living legacy of that generation alive after he pledged his allegiance to her for decades.

You can donate to Colin’s fundraiser here.