Award winners at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s fifth annual Awards ceremony held on April 20 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

donated to the Fund. The company donate aportion of their proceeds each year from their black tie dinner which is attended by 400 customers. In turn, the partnership also provides engagement opportunities and raises awareness of the Fund’s work amongst the Defence industry,keeping the needs of the RAF past and present at the forefront of their minds.

• The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo won the Outstanding Support from an Organisation Award. REMT has been supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund for more than 35 years, with approximately £700,000 being generously donated to the charity during that time. More recently,the partnership has blossomed with the delivery of several exciting joint projects such as the ‘Eve of Waterloo’ production and the 2015 RAF themed Tattoo.

•The award for Corporate Social Responsibility went to Hypnos for their Gift in Kind. Princess Marina House, the Fund’s respite facility on the south coast underwent a recent refurbishment and Hypnos very kindly donated all of the beds.

This very generous Gift in Kind is aterrific example of ways in which businesses may choose to support the charity.

• 870 (Dreghorn) Squadron, South East Scotland Air Training Corps scooped the award for ATC Squadron of the Year.The air cadets have generously donated their time and energy to help the RAF Benevolent Fund at anumber of events over recent years including the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. They have also arranged their own fundraising events and are busy planning acharity golf day for later in the year!

• Flight Lieutenant Gary Walker was recognised for his outstanding commitment to the charity and received the Above and Beyond Award. During his post as Officer Commanding Community Support Flt at RAF Marham, Gary has enhanced the profile of the Fund and inspired both personnel and civilians to fundraise on our behalf.Itissaid that his amiable leadership and boundless energy has resulted in more than £40,000 of fundraising for the charity.

•The Fundraising Team of the Year Award went to the Six Spoke Army.The team of six RAF personnel, four riders and two providing logistical support, cycled more than 600 miles from RAF Digby,where they are currently stationed, to Edinburgh Castle and back in abid to raise money for the Fund.

•The RAF Station of the Year was awarded to RAF Benson.Their impressive recruitment of almost 100 runners in the Reading Half Marathon in both 2015 and 2016 raised an incredible £26,000 for the Fund. This was further supplemented by an additional £4,000 from events such as a train pull, golf day and railway collections.

The evening ended with aSpecial Recognition Award, given to the Bomber Command Air Crew Veterans Group (Sussex).The award was collected by John Bell MBE DFC and George Dunn DFC, in recognition of their commitment to fundraising on behalf of the Bomber Command Association and the RAF Benevolent Fund. To date they have raised astaggering £100,000. 

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