Northolt named sta­tion of year

Top hon­our recog­nises base’s fundrais­ing ef­forts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RAF Northolt, a Royal Air Force sta­tion in South Ruis­lip, has been crowned Sta­tion of the Year by a na­tional char­ity.

Staff from the air­base were pre­sented with the Wilkin­son Sword for the ac­co­lade, at the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund Awards on Thurs­day April 14.

The sword was pre­sented by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal Sir An­drew Pul­ford and Liz Sian, rep­re­sent­ing SafeSkys.

In 2015, RAF Northolt marked two ma­jor mile­stones, the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain and their sta­tion cen­te­nary.

To cel­e­brate th­ese oc­ca­sions, the sta­tion ral­lied to raise funds for the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund – the RAF’s lead­ing wel­fare char­ity – through The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries a num­ber of fundrais­ing events.

The sta­tion’s an­nual Fam­i­lies Day at­tracted more than 12,000 peo­ple both serv­ing per­son­nel and mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity and raised £20,000 for the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund.

Air Mar­shal Chris Nick­ols, RAF Benev­o­lent Fund con­troller, said: “We are so grate­ful to ev­ery­one at RAF Northolt for their gen­er­ous sup­port of the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund.

“From tak­ing part in our chal­lenge events, to pay­ing trib­ute to ‘The Few’ at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain din­ner, the ser­vice­men and women of RAF Northolt have re­ally put their heart into di­verse fundrais­ing for us.

“Their ded­i­ca­tion en­ables us to con­tinue the work we do in sup­port­ing the en­tire RAF fam­ily when in need.”

RAF Northolt also played a huge role in the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund’s Bat­tle of Bri­tain 75th an­niver­sary din­ner held in two of Northolt’s op­er­a­tional hangars in Septem­ber.

Play­ing host to more than 400 at­ten­dees in­clud­ing His Royal High­ness the Duke of Kent and the re­main­ing ‘Few,’ the sta­tion’s per­son­nel were in­valu­able in their sup­port both in the lead up and at the event it­self.

The Sta­tion also held a con­cert which once again cel­e­brated the 75th An­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain and their cen­te­nary. The con­cert was per­formed by The Cen­tral Band of the Royal Air Force and raised £2,830.88 for the char­ity.

Group Cap­tain David Man­ning, RAF Northolt’s Sta­tion Com­man­der, said: “Hav­ing the sup­port of the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund is piv­otal in terms of how we func­tion as a sta­tion.

“As Sta­tion Com­man­der, my pri­mary fo­cus is the well­be­ing of all of the per­son­nel, in­deed our whole force, based here at RAF Northolt.

“The wel­fare sup­port that the Benev­o­lent Fund of­fers to our in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies is so in­valu­able and hugely ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Ev­ery­one in Team Northolt recog­nises the ben­e­fit that the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund brings to the lives of ser­vice fam­i­lies and, with their usual flair, en­thu­si­asm and panache, the team rose to the oc­ca­sion with their im­pres­sive fund rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I am im­mensely proud of them all and of course we will aim to con­tinue the fundrais­ing ef­fort this year!”

The Sta­tion of the Year Award was spon­sored by SafeSkys, an air­port ser­vices com­pany, and sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Liz Sian joined in con­grat­u­lat­ing RAF Northolt at the event. SafeSkys pro­vides wildlife man­age­ment and bird con­trol at RAF Northolt.

This is the fourth year that the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund has recog­nised the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions by our sup­port­ers, per­son­nel on sta­tions and cor­po­rate part­ners who sup­port the char­ity each year.

The awards cer­e­mony, which was spon­sored by Lock­heed Martin, was held at the Vic­tory Ser­vices Club in Lon­don.

n TREAT: Pupils from Ab­bots­field School in Hilling­don pay an Easter visit to Sweet Croft Res­i­den­tial Home. Pictured are Bobby Juli­enne, Al­fie Fin­nan and Tyler Lawlar with Ann Machin and Peggy Knight

n HON­OUR: RAF Northolt ac­cept the Wilkin­son Sword, at the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund Awards for the Sta­tion of the Year award

Adrian Brooks / Image­wise

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