Here at the RAF Benevolent Fund we are incredibly grateful for the help we receive from all of our volunteers and supporters. There is one group who have been supporting us for many years now. Phil Webb tells us more in this blog.
I worked for 25 years in research at the University of Oxford and was involved in the testing of aerospace materials and structures, before becoming head of metrology.
I am a member of the 101 Squadron Association, serving as membership secretary for a three year period. I am also an ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Our group, ESAG, was born out of an interest in aviation by a number of work colleagues and friends. We have now evolved into a team of fundraisers for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
We currently have four fundraisers, including myself. Each has a particular speciality to offer. Dave is our resident photographer and has been a stalwart member of the team for many years. Nigel is our history specialist and is currently writing a number of books on German air losses over the UK and Martin is our woodwork craftsman. So all in all we pretty much have everything covered and everyone pitches in where necessary.
Our fundraising started as a way of showing our appreciation to the RAF for their hospitality when we visited RAF stations. We are now producing a lot more graphical merchandise, such as aircraft prints, personal history prints, laminated coasters, books and military aircraft themed wall clocks.
You will find us trading at a number of airshows and RAF families' days throughout the year so please drop in to see us even if it's only for a chat. We also sell via mail order.
To date we have raised in excess of £20,000 and we look forward to continuing our fundraising into the future.
By Phil Webb
The RAF Benevolent Fund is hugely grateful for the support and money raised by Phil and the ESAG team.