Jon Heard, Trust and Major Donor Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, was one of the judges of Airfix's Hawk design competition. In his guest blog, he tells us how the judges chose their winner.
Airfix have been great friends of the RAF Benevolent Fund for a number of years, raising over £10,000 for our Airplay programme through the sale of the RAF Benevolent Fund branded Hawks and by organising collections at air shows.
They also kindly decorated and kitted out the Red Arrows bedroom and the playroom at our family cottage in Shencot.
On 23 August, the Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, Air Marshal Chris Nickols and I went to visit Airfix at the Hornby Visitors Centre in Margate to judge the entries of their Design a Hawk competition which would give one person the chance to see their design turned into a real model kit next year with the proceeds coming to our charity.
We were amazed at the great quality of entries and the thought and imagination that went into them; it was hard to draw up a shortlist of the best.
Many different designs stood out for me their clever use of the RAF Benevolent Fund logo.
I was surprised to see entries from around the world, with designs coming in from Spain, Poland, South Africa and an entire class from a school in Australia!
Everyone liked the winning design by 14-year-old Heather Morien.
I thought it was a fun design which made good use of the RAF colours. And straightaway I thought it would be a model I’d enjoy building and painting. I can't wait to see it in the shops next year.