The RAF Benevolent Fund is delighted to receive a donation of £75,000 from the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo following another hugely successful show in 2015.
The Fund is one of many charities supported by the Tattoo’s charitable funding awards which also support ABF The Soldier’s Charity and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The 2015 show observed the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in honour of The Few. To mark this important occasion, which continues to occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of the British public, RAF Pipes and Drums, the RAF Squadronaires together with the Queen’s Colour Squadron presented a spirited display of piping, drumming, dance band classics and precision drill that delighted audiences throughout the three-week Castle Esplanade spectacular.
Air Officer Scotland, Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson said: "I am truly delighted to see that the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has so generously donated £75 000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund following the 2015 show.
"Last year’s Tattoo was an excellent showcase of musical talent from across the world and, in the year that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it is especially pleasing that such a significant donation is now available to help those members of the RAF family in need today. The RAF has an excellent working relationship with the Tattoo organisers and we continue to be delighted to support this prestigious and world class event in the nation’s capital."
While thousands have enjoyed the annual spectacle of the Tattoo in Edinburgh with its military fanfare and spectacular displays, many do not realise the event is run by a not-for-profit organisation, ensuring more than £8 million has been given to charity since it began in 1950.
Brigadier David Allfrey, Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer, explained: "The Tattoo has always tried to make a wider social contribution and, when we are fortunate enough to make a financial surplus, we try to support the services and the arts.
"In the past, we have tended to make our grants without fanfare. Recently though, research has shown that very few of our customers are aware of our charitable purpose and the scale of contribution. Accordingly, we have decided to share the story."
Debbie Hunter, Regional Director for Scotland for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "I would like to thank the Trustees of the Tattoo for their incredible support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. As the Fund receives no government funding, donations like this go a long way to ensuring it can continue its mission to support every member of the RAF Family, from young children on RAF stations to serving personnel and older retired veterans, in their hour of need."
As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund is launching a new campaign to find more people in need of help so it can continue to make a difference in the lives of as many members of the RAF family as possible. The Fund’s latest Reaching Out campaign is focused on finding veterans and their dependents living in Scotland, particularly around the RAF Lossiemouth and former RAF Leuchars stations.