The home of the Red Arrows will be the unique setting for a dinner in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
People will be able to enjoy an evening in the huge hangar at RAF Scampton, where the distinctive Hawks of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team are kept and maintained.
The event, on December 2 at 1900, is being staged by the Lincolnshire base to celebrate its charities of the year, which are RAF Benevolent Fund, Lincoln Food Bank and the Jon Egging Trust.
Wing Commander Neill Atkins, RAF Scampton Station Commander, said: “2021 has been a very busy year for us in raising funds for our chosen charities. All three organisations are held dear by the Station’s community, and we have been delighted to support them across the course of this year. We hope that this charity dinner will raise much-needed funds for the charities, and also showcase their fantastic work in a spectacular setting.”
The evening will be compered by former Team Supervisor and Red 10, Mike Ling, who now flies with The Blades aerobatic team, and will feature a charity auction and speeches from notable attendees.
The hangar is an impressive setting – being where the Red Arrows' engineering and support crews maintain the team's fleet of Hawk fast-jets.
Squadron Leader Tom Bould, Team Leader and Red 1 of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said: "This charity evening is a fantastic opportunity to visit RAF Scampton and the very heart of the Red Arrows, where our distinctive aircraft are hangered and prepared for display to audiences worldwide. In doing so, you will not only enjoy a wonderful occasion, in a unique setting, but also you will be supporting incredibly important, good causes that make a credible difference to the lives of individuals both locally and across the UK, including young people and veterans."
Aaron Tillyer, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "It's fantastic to know that the whole RAF Family is getting behind this event and to see the year end on a high. We’re really proud to have supported RAF Scampton over the years, from funding Airplay and Ben Clubs, to providing emotional wellbeing and mental health services. Hopefully with the encouragement of dedicated individuals we can raise much-needed funds, reinforce our commitment to those who serve at RAF Scampton and raise awareness of the support available to current and former members of the RAF and their families."
Tickets cost £60 each or £580 for a table of ten, and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.