Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Honours Outstanding Supporters at annual awards ceremony

On April 20 2017 the RAF Benevolent Fund held its annual Awards ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in London to celebrate and honour its supporters, donors and volunteers for their remarkable contributions.

The Awards, kindly sponsored by Lockheed Martin UK, were compered by famous voiceover artist and aviation enthusiast Peter Dickson.

This is the fifth year that the Fund –the RAF’s leading welfare charity –has recognised the outstanding efforts made by dedicated individuals, stations, and corporate partners who support the charity each year.The recipients ranged from ateam of six RAF personnel who cycled from RAF Digby to Edinburgh Castle and back, through to aband of Bomber Command Air Crew veterans who have raised more

than £100,000 for the Bomber Command Memorial and the RAF Benevolent Fund combined. All those nominated have demonstrated tremendous commitment to helping the RAF Benevolent Fund in its mission of supporting members of the RAF family in their time of need.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Every year the RAF Benevolent Fund holds its annual Awards ceremony to honour our terrific supporters. This is really our chance to say thank you to all that help and fundraise for us, they are instrumental to the charity and enable us to continue the work we do of supporting the RAF family when in need. It was difficult to select just ten

recipients as we are truly indebted to all of our amazing supporters.”

The winners were: • David Stacey, RAFAHartlepool, won the Welfare Caseworker of the Year Award. His willingness to go the extra mile for his clients and quality of applications were recognised by the RAF Benevolent Fund for the work he does helping RAF veterans. David is quick to identify the need and often adopts aholistic approach to both his casework and the beneficiary.

• Denise Barr won the Airplay Youth Worker of the Year Award. Airplay provides astructured programme of activities and support for children and young people living on or near RAF Stations. Since Denise joined the Airplay scheme at RAF Wyton she has turned it around into a vibrant, fun youth club. Despite only officially working part time, she often works longer hours to ensure she and the staff provide an excellent service to the young people at Wyton and Brampton.

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• MBDAMissile Systems walked away with the Award for Corporate Fundraising Activity of the Year. Since their partnership began, more than £200,000 has been generously

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