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Friends pay tribute to fallen Tornado pilot

Friends and family of Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders gathered at Wigan Athletic Football Club on 2 March 2013 to celebrate his life and raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders was tragically killed in a Tornado flying accident in Scotland on 3 July 2012. On the long journey home from his funeral service, his close friend and fellow flying instructor, Giz Taylor, had an idea to pay tribute to Adam at his favourite football club.

Cheque presentation at Wigan Athletic in memory of Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders

As a lifelong supporter of 'The Latics', Adam used to attend many matches there to support his team, and one year he was invited into the club boardroom to meet the owner, Dave Whelan.

Flight Lieutenant Adam SandersFollowing the accident, Dave was devastated to hear of the loss of Adam and his colleagues, and agreed to host a fundraiser with Adam’s friends and family.

Four friends, who used to be based at RAF Valley with Adam, gathered at Wigan Athletic in their dress uniforms and went about fundraising. They were joined by Adam’s parents and together they raised £1,330.

There were generous donations from local Wigan businessmen and members of RAF Valley air traffic control.

The RAF Benevolent Fund was the charity chosen by John and Lynn Sanders as they have been overwhelmed with the support they have received since the tragic loss of their son.

Following the match (Liverpool won 4-0) a cheque was presented by Dave Whelan, who said he could have done with Adam’s skills as a footballer out on the pitch that evening!

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