Help for Heroes fund boosted

The family of serviceman Kinikki Griffiths who was killed while in Afghanistan have raised more than �5,000 for Help for Heroes.

An Exmouth family fuelled with love for their son who lost his life in Afghanistan have completed a gruelling cycle challenge in aid of Help for Heroes.

Senior Aircraftman Kinikki “Griff” Griffiths, from the RAF Regiment, was killed in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan in July, 2010.

It was a real family affair when Kinikki’s family recently cycled 107 miles from Totton, in Southampton, to Exmouth, raising more than �5,000 for the heroes’ charity.

Dad Nik Griffiths, 39, of Coleton Way, Exmouth, was accompanied on Kinikki’s Challenge by Kinikki’s sister, Bianca-Jade, his girlfriend, Chloe Gunn, her father, Graham Gunn, Kinikki’s cousin, Phil Barnes and godfather Alan Swanton.

Along the way they were supported by Kinikki’s mum, Tracey, 40, and his sister, Sammy-Jo and brother Jake.

Dad Nik, whose training included 60-mile ‘warm-up’ cycle rides, said: “I think Kinikki would have been proud. He was very dedicated to the RAF and he liked a challenge.”

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The pedal power team set off from the war memorial in Totton, followed the coastal route, and ended some 10-and-a-half hours later at Exmouth’s war memorial, flanked by several local riders who joined the challenge to see the family home.

The family chose the start and finish points because Kinikki’s name has been engraved on both memorials. His father is from Totton, while his mother is from Exmouth.

Kinikki had been born in Devon, on August 12, 1989, while his family was holidaying in Exmouth.

Senior Aircraftman Griffiths had been serving as part of the Camp Bastion Force Protection Wing when he was killed just short of his 21st birthday in the vicinity of Camp Bastion, Helmand province.

The Ministry of Defence said Kinikki was selected as his flight commander’s signaller and driver, and it was while carrying out these duties that he met his ‘untimely’ death.

The Senior Aircraftman had planned to complete his tour in Afghanistan, remaining on 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, and on returning to the UK was intending to complete pre-parachute selection training with a view to eventually serving with the UK Special Forces.

? Kinikki’s family would like to thank all who supported the cycle challenge, including the Good Samaritan who lent a minibus and Warmer Homes for supplying a support vehicle.