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RAF Charitable Trust Nominated For Film Award

Published: 08 Nov 2018

A film that showcases the RAF Charitable Trust's Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme (JRPSS) has been nominated for the 2019 Charity Film Awards.

Categorised by annual turnover, the Trust is competing against other charities and CICs that turnover £500,000- £5m, including The Cure Parkinson's Trust, Mothers Union and animal welfare charity Mayhew.

The Charity Film Awards was originally created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, increase charity exposure and encourage donations.

To enter, charities must submit a video that has the power to move, inspire and engage audiences.

The short film follows JRPSS scholar Lauren Tidy's journey as she transitions from zero flight experience to achieving solo flight as pilot in command.

Learning to fly typically costs thousands of pounds - the JRPSS scheme enables under 25-year-olds to undertake 15 hours flying training on a light aircraft and examinations in core subjects such as Air Law, Meteorology and Navigation.

Following a recognised syllabus, the training may count towards the award of a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence.

Lauren said: "I have always wanted to fly but never thought that I would get the chance - the JRPSS has been lifechanging for me, I can't thank the RAF Flying Club's Association and RAF Charitable Trust enough.

"Once you experience the thrill of flying you will never look back - the JRPSS has proved to me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it".

The scheme is just one of the many ways in which the Trust encourages air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of young people. From scholarships to getting children involved in STEM, the Trust is focussed on inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton said: "We are thrilled to be in the running for the Charity Film Awards. JRPSS is one of our aviation initiatives that supports our missionand hopefully this short film in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Flying Club's Association will inspire young people to get into flying".

The first phase of judging - where the public vote for their favourite video - opened at the beginning of the month and determines which videos will be shortlisted for the expert judging panel in phase two.

The winners will be announced in March at a red-carpet award ceremony in London.

To vote for the RAF Charitable Trust, visit

Voting for phase one closes at midnight on December 14.

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