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Dame Judi Dench opens our anticipated raffle of a limited edition Aston Martin

Dame Judi Dench has teamed up with the RAF Benevolent Fund to officially open our anticipated raffle where one lucky winner will drive away a rare Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows limited edition car.

The actress and long-time supporter of the charity was delighted to get a first look at the car, even finding time to give it a quick wash and polish!

Judi Dench with our Red Arrows car

For just £20 a ticket, anyone can buy themselves the chance to win the limited edition car, worth £275,000, with all money raised going directly to the charity that supports past and present RAF personnel and their families.

Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned just 10 Vanquish S Red Arrows cars as a unique tribute to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, with one being kindly donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Celebrating two of the most iconic marques in British history and engineering, the car marries the exceptional craftsmanship and unforgettable driving experience of an Aston Martin with the iconic Red Arrows brand.

The Vanquish S Red Arrows car boasts a number of special features that echo the Red Arrows themselves, including a white 'flash' on the sides, complemented by white and blue carbon details.

The raffle is part of an ongoing drive to ensure the charity can continue its vital work supporting more than 60,000 current and former members of the RAF and their families in their time of need. The sale of just one raffle ticket will provide a veteran two hot meals and company at one of the popular RAF Benevolent Fund lunch clubs or contribute to sending a former veteran on a course to support them as they return to civilian life.

Tickets can be bought from our Red 10 page or at air shows and events across the summer. The raffle is open until 1 December 2017 with the draw taking place on 8 December 2017, subject to terms and conditions.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "We have supercharged the conventional raffle. This is one of the most exclusive Aston Martin cars ever built – a once in a lifetime prize.

"By buying just one ticket you will not only have the chance to drive away in the ultimate sports car, but you'll also be offering your vital support to help current and former members of the RAF in their time of need."

Dame Judi Dench said: "I'm a huge fan of what the RAF Benevolent Fund does to provide vital help to past and present members of the RAF and their families.

"When they asked me to support this raffle, I just couldn’t say no. The lucky winner of this Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows prize will certainly have a licence to thrill.

"I'll definitely be buying a raffle ticket or two..."

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