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Top RAF pilot ‘very proud’ to be patron of cancer charity

Top RAF pilot ‘very proud’ to be patron of cancer charity

by Henry James (December 2020)

AIR Commodore Fin Monahan OBE DFC PhD has been appointed as the patron of a local cancer charity, the West Lancs and Merseyside Myeloma Support Group.

A serving pilot in the RAF, Fin was the Commandant of the Central Flying School and Commanding Officer of the Red Arrows from 2016 to 2018 and led the world-famous team on a tour to the Middle East and South Asia flying the flag and promoting iconic British companies.

In 2006 Fin was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by Prince Charles for gallantry during a singleton Harrier mission supporting embattled ground forces in Afghanistan.

He was also awarded an OBE in 2006 for setting up a rapid reaction air wing and deploying on operations in Africa.

Born in Liverpool, Fin has fought Myeloma three times but has returned to active service and flying each time.

Fin is now applying all his operational experience leading the doctrine team at the Defence Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre exploring interesting and challenging subjects such as how the armed forces deal with today’s threats and how to operate in the air, space and cyberspace.

Fin Monahan said: “I am very proud to be the Patron of the West Lancs and Merseyside Myeloma Support Group.

“The charity does a fabulous job raising awareness of Myeloma to seek early diagnosis of the disease and providing reassurance and help to our members for whom the incurable disease can be a frightening and lonely experience.”

Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. It is a cancer of the blood plasma cells and originates in the bone marrow. 

It currently affects around 17,500 in the UK. While treatable, myeloma is not yet curable.

Formed in January 2016, the West Lancs and Merseyside myeloma support group meets once a month to help those who may be affected by myeloma in our local community.

Dave Lovelady from the support group said: “Fin’s amazing story was featured recently in the national press and this prompted me to make contact with him.

“It’s a great honour to have Fin Monahan as our patron to further support our charitable activities, to promote awareness and to help patients and carers in our local community affected by myeloma.”

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