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RAF Station Families Days Receive Trust Boost

Published: 26 Aug 2016

Summer fun on RAF stations across the UK has been given a welcome boost thanks to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 have been awarded to 10 RAF stations to support their 'families day' events taking place in June, July and August.

The events to benefit are: RAF High Wycombe Families Day, June 11; RAF Marham Families and Friends Day, July 21; RAF Coningsby Families Day on July 22; the RAF Boulmer Bonanza on July 24; RAF Fylingdales Families Day, July 29; No1 Radio School Flowerdown Fayre, Aug 3; RAF Shawbury Families Day, Aug 5; RAF Digby Families Day, Aug 20; RAF Cranwell Families Day, Aug 24 and RAF Benson Families Day, Aug 28.

Around 9,000 people attended RAF Coningsby's Families Day and enjoyed flying displays by an RAF Typhoon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Belgian F16 Display Team. Event Committee Chair Sqn Ldr Nicola Duncan said: "We could not have staged the event without the support from sponsors, including the RAF Charitable Trust, and together with a dedicated team on the ground we delivered an awesome day for our friends and families."

RAF Marham Station Commander Gp Capt Richard Davies was also grateful for the Trust's support. He said: "The station's families and friends day was a fitting way to mark our 100th anniversary and to say thank-you to the military, civilian and contractor community that make an indispensable contribution to my station's output 365 days a year. The Trust grant was fantastic and directly contributed to the wonderful success of the day."

Amusement rides were provided free of charge at RAF Fylingdales Summer Gala thanks to a grant from RAFCT. Event organiser Flt Sgt Keith Burt added: "This would not have been possible without the fantastic support and generosity of the Trust, thank you."

RAF Boulmer Station Commander Gp Capt Rich Jacob said the Boulmer Bonanza was the perfect opportunity for the station to recognise and thank its personnel and families for their commitment and dedication to the Station and the wider RAF. He added: "As well as the station's operational task in UK and NATO Air Defence, personnel from the station have deployed worldwide on operations and exercises, in addition to standing commitments in the South Atlantic providing Air Defence to the Falkland Islands. The last year has also seen additional and significant upheaval as station personnel have been detached over a protracted period whilst operational facilities have been upgraded. These periods can put a stress on family relationships and without the incredible forbearance and support of our loved ones we would not be able to do our jobs. Thank you again to the RAF Charitable Trust for providing such staunch support to the station."

RAF Charitable Trust Director Amanda Butcher said it was great to hear how Trust grants were having such a positive effect on Station morale. She said: "Trustees recognise the importance of events such as these as a way of saying thank-you to those who have supported RAF stations over the year as well as enabling the families and friends of our Servicemen and women to enjoy quality time together."

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