Cam­paign soars to new heights

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

AS a year of cel­e­bra­tions and com­mem­o­ra­tive events to mark the Royal Air Force’s cen­te­nary comes to a close, here at the RAF100 Ap­peal we have taken stock of the in­cred­i­ble pub­lic and cor­po­rate sup­port that has sent our cam­paign soar­ing to new heights.

Very few Bri­tish peo­ple can look back at their fam­ily his­tory over the past 100 years and find them­selves un­touched by the courage, ca­pa­bil­ity and achieve­ments of the men and women who served – and con­tinue to serve – in our Royal Air Force.

This year has been a truly mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. The July 10 Pa­rade and Fly­past at­tracted wide­spread and pos­i­tive na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cov­er­age, pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with RAF100 and show their sup­port for the ser­vice. Through RAF100 In­spire, 1.6m+ chil­dren were reached through the RAF’s ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives. More than 165k+ vis­i­tors were able to en­gage with the RAF through the static air­craft tour that visited six dif­fer­ent UK venues, and an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to en­gage­ment brought the RAF into con­tact with the Bri­tish pub­lic through sport, ed­u­ca­tion and dig­i­tal me­dia.

Thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of the gen­eral pub­lic who do­nated, the fundrais­ers who took on a range of fan­tas­tic chal­lenges – from 100mile hikes to tan­dem jumps to su­per marathons – and to our cor­po­rate part­ners, the Ap­peal has raised over £3 mil­lion to date.

These vi­tal funds will en­able the Royal Air Force, RAF Benev­o­lent Fund, RAF As­so­ci­a­tion, RAF Char­i­ta­ble Trust and RAF Mu­seum to en­sure all mem­bers of the RAF Fam­ily, past, present and fu­ture, are hon­oured, sup­ported and in­spired. A spe­cial thank you to our head­line spon­sors – Bab­cock In­ter­na­tional Group, BAE Sys­tems, Fu­jitsu and Marks & Spencer – for their sup­port through­out the year.

The RAF’s cen­te­nary has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to share the legacy of all the brave air­men and women who have served, and con­tinue to serve, their coun­try.

The Bri­tish pub­lic have an­swered our call and their gen­eros­ity will al­low these five or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­spire and sup­port for the next 100 years.

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