At the end of June Delia Rich,16, from Chedworth, Zorbed downhill with five friends from Rendcomb College.
Delia took on the challenge to honour her father's memory and raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity. Zorbing involves rolling downhill in a transparent plastic orb.
In May 2000, Stuart Rich, Delia's father, died in an accident at home. He was about to be promoted to squadron leader in the RAF.
After his death, the RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to help the family with some important education costs.
Delia’s mother, Felicity, says:
“Words can never fully express our gratitude to The RAF Benevolent Fund, not only for enabling Delia and her brother to have continuity in their school life but also for making it possible for Stuart’s wishes to be fulfilled, despite his untimely death.”
The RAF Benevolent Fund receives no government income and relies on the generosity of supporters, so Delia was keen to give something back to the charity and remember her father at the same time.
“I’m so grateful for the help I received from the RAF Benevolent Fund. It really means a lot to know that despite my father’s tragic death, my family will always be a part of the RAF family.”