This year saw the RAF Benevolent Fund return to the Bournemouth Air Festival for the sixth year running. In her blog, Regional Fundraiser Cerys Truman tells us how the festival went.
We were very privileged to have a cracking team of volunteers this year at the Bournemouth Air Festival – Becky and Maddy from UBAS and new supporters Jenny, Angela, Michelle and Melanie.
We also had Mick who was sponsored by his employer to attend, former employee of RAF Benevolent Fund Chris and his wife Jean and Phil, Dave and Nigel from ESAG.
The weather was glorious and the new site for the RAF Village was very impressive. But the magical thing about the festival this year was that we got to meet some of the people who fundraise for us such as the Heaton family who are doing a cycle ride to raise money the charity.
We also got to meet Mike who’d donated some photos of a Typhoon for us to use as raffle prizes.
RAF Presentation team
We were very grateful for the support we received from the RAF Presentation team at the festival – constantly promoting the work that we do and allowing me the opportunity to talk about the Fund in the RAF Village.
We were also joined by Ben Elephant who took time out of his busy schedule to meet the public; he never forgets the RAF family and wanted to meet as many of them as he could. I managed a big cuddle with him too which was lovely!
I'd like to thank the RAF Typhoon team and RAF Tucano team for raising money for us and the chaps from RAF Odiham who collected for us at the festival.
The stall managed to raise a whopping £5704.09 for the Fund and I'd like to thank each and every person who came and donated and/or bought something from the stall.
Finally, I was totally blown away to receive a donation of £2000 from Ian Goode, the manager of the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth. They have been holding bucket collections for the charity since September 2011 and they not only reached the initial target of £1000 but smashed it by a further £1000!
The Bournemouth Air Festival was certainly the perfect end to the air show season in Wales and the West of England.