RAFCT Welcomes RAF Centenary Baton!
Published: 06 Apr 2018 updated: 23 Apr 2018
Staff at the Fairford headquarters of the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) welcomed the Royal Air Force Centenary Baton relay on its latest leg around the UK.
The office is also the home of the Royal International Air Tattoo, which is staged annually in support of the RAFCT.
The baton was brought to Fairford by a team of RAF personnel and air cadets from 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron and was handed over to members of the RAF Classic Mini Club who will transport it on its next leg, to the Defence Academy at Shrivenham and then on to Stonehenge.
Accompanying the relay team on their final 200 metres to the charity's HQ was RAFCT Director Justine Morton. She said: "We're proud that our charity has been chosen as one of the locations the baton will visit on its UK-wide tour.
"The initiative is raising awareness of the RAF100 Appeal and the excellent work it is doing to raise the profile of this important milestone whilst at the same time ensuring that all members of the RAF family - past, present and future - are honoured, supported and inspired."
During the visit to Fairford, four members of the Air Tattoo team, whose combined years spent in the Royal Air Force totalled 100, were pictured with the centenary baton. They were: Hannah Griffiths, Air Tattoo air operations manager; Andy Darrall, ground operations manager; Tom Gibbons, head of air operations Chris Murray, operations director.
The tour began at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Easter Day and will finish at Horse Guards Parade on 10 July, immediately before RAF personnel parade along The Mall to Buckingham Palace. During its tour, the baton will visit sites of current and historical importance to the Royal Air Force.
The RAF 100 Baton Relay is a sporting endeavour and is staged in support of the RAF 100 Appeal, which will benefit four RAF charities: the RAFCT, the RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Association and RAF Museum.
Photo caption above Left: Justine Morton Director of the RAFCT pictured with Lady Delia Thornton RAFCT Trustee and her husband Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton