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Since the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust was first established in 2005, it has been gifted £2,700,000 by its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. Trustees have approved grants totalling over £3 million to a wide range of initiatives and projects.

Beneficiaries of RAFCT 2015-16 grants include:

RAF Cosford Airshow Families' Enclosure £4,500
RAF Ski Team Speed Training Camp £10,000
51 Sqn A Flt RAF Regt Exercise Cheetahs Paddle £6,000
RAF Community Support 'Useful Reminders' Chart £2,612.40
RAF Wyton Welfare Equipment for voluntary band £852.74
RAF Cosford Introduction to Gliding £3,037.50
51 Sqn C Flt Exercise Cornish Falcon £5,000
RAF High Wycombe British Services Dhaulagiri Medical Research Expedition £3,000
RAF Marham Friends and Families' Day £1,000
RAF Cosford Race across Europe £2,000
RAFC Cranwell Families' Day £1,000
Junior Ranks' Pilot Scholarship Scheme 2016 £60,000
RAF Bluewings Ice Hockey Club New Home and Away kit £1,634.48
51 Sqn B Flt RAF Regiment Expedition Cheetah's Rock £2,000
RAF Cosford Saddle Club Team Clothing £550
RAF Cranwell Dance Floor and Trolley £3,756.56
903 EAW Akrotiri Furniture and Lighting £1,000
903 EAW Akrotiri Bicycles and Accessories £14,239.07
903 EAW Akrotiri Welfare Items for Rest Area £1,066
903 EAW Akrotiri Fridges £500
RAF Cosford Team Clothing for Ice Hockey Club £679
RAF Akrotiri Flying Club 5 x Headsets £1,000
903 EAW V(AC) Akrotiri Improvements to Rest Area £780
RAF Brize Norton Fire Section Crew Room refurbishment £1,500
RAF Cosford Allotment Society Polytunnel £994.01
RAF Ladies Cricket Team International Defence Cricket Challenge £1,700
RAF ACES Ice Hockey Team Team Tour to CARHA 2016 World Cup £5,679
RAF Akrotiri
Outboard Engine for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat £8,900
RAF Honington Buggy Parks £3,410.40
RAF Marham Friends and Families Day 2016 £1,000
RAF Flying Clubs' Association Advanced Aerobatic Training and Competition Aircraft £12,000
RAF Cosford Cosford Stars Ice Hockey Grass Roots Training £2,000
903 EAW Bicycles & Accessories - 2nd tranche £7,650.75
RAF Cosford Cross Country Kit £309.70
903 EAW Outdoor Furniture for Rest Area £800
903 EAW Broadband in a Box for Domestic Sites and Rooms £21,485.29
RAF Halton RTS Tea Bar Refurbishment £8,058
RAF Waddington Kart Club £3,266.40
RAF High Wycombe Families Day £1,000
RAF Flying Clubs' Association Aircraft £144,500
RAF High Wycombe British Services Dhaulagiri Medical Research Exped - Trekking £7,500
East Midlands University Air Squadron Road Bikes and Accessories £7,000
Cadet & RAF Reserve Forces PURPOSE AMOUNT
Gtr Manchester Wing HQ Combi-van Mover £12,750
485 Harborne & Quinton Sqn ATC Squadron transport £6,179
HQ Air Cadets Purchase of Instruments and Equipment for Marching Band £6,070.38
2344 (Longbenton) Sqn Training and Development Resources (STEM initiative) £9,491
2344 (Longbenton) Sqn ATC Mountaineering expedition, France £1,250
Liverpool College CCF Trekking expedition, California £504
143 (Longridge) Sqn ATC Canoeing expedition, Scotland £340
Cumbria & Lancashire Wing ATC Mountaineering expedition, Pyrenees £3,000
HQ ATC Mountaineering expedition, France £450
Devon and Somerset Wing ACO Mountaineering, S Africa £2,520
1955 (City of Wells) Sqn ACO Canoeing and Trekking, Canada £3,200
13 Sqn (Exeter) ACO Minibus Replacement £16,000
1349 (Woking) Sqn Kayaks and Accessories £5,000
2530 Uckfield and 19 Crawley ACO Trekking and Community Project, Morocco £1,300
282 Sqn ACO Exploration and Community Project, India £3,936
HQ Air Cadets Flying Excellence Award £108.23
2522 (Bodmin) Sqn Ceremonial Banner £300
HQ Air Cadets Part Task Trainer (Glider Sim) £250,000
HQ Air Cadets North Atlantic Ocean Sailing £1,000
Giggleswick School CCF Mountaineering Expedition, Scotland £406
HQ Air Cadets Sailing, Scotland £1,302
No 1 Sqn RAF Akrotiri ACO Flight Simulator £6,139.99
Royal International Air Tattoo 2015 Techno Zone £40,000
Flying Scholarships for Disabled People 2015 Scholarships £15,000
1st Carlton Colville Air Scouts EAA Airventure Oshkosh training trip £3,000
Air Observation Post Officers' Assoc AOP Squadron Memorial £1,000
RAF Cosford Air Show STEM Hangar £5,000
Flying Scholarships for Disabled People Scholarships 2016 £20,000
Girl Guiding UK STEM Initiative £7,000

Not all of the money raised through the activities of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE) is gifted to the Trust. The RAFCTE's Board of Directors wish to create a firm financial footing to assure the company's long term future. For this reason, and with the support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, a modest amount is retained each year to protect against unforeseen contingencies.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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