The Ivy Norwich Brasserie hosted an exclusive event this month to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Continuing the RAF's centenary celebrations, this unique event featured a two-course meal with wine, a glass of Champagne on arrival, and a talk by Group Captain Townsend, Station Commander at RAF Marham. The evening concluded with a raffle and auction featuring experiences donated by The Ivy Collection, with all proceeds donated to the Fund.
Group Captain Townsend said: "Just as the support of the local community is vital to the ongoing success of RAF Marham, the support of the RAF Benevolent Fund is integral to the ongoing success of its personnel. I was delighted to speak at this unique event to share the exciting future of RAF Marham's newest recruit, the F35B Lightning aircraft, while raising vital funds for our welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund."
Katie Miller, General Manager at The Ivy Norwich Brasserie, added: "It's a real honour to support and raise monies for the RAF Benevolent Fund by hosting this event at The Ivy Norwich Brasserie. Just like the RAF, The Ivy, West Street recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, so we wanted to provide the local community with a unique opportunity to commemorate and celebrate within a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Norwich."
Group Captain Townsend was joined by RAF Benevolent Fund Fund Regional Director, Mark Quinn, who outlined how the Fund supports serving and retired RAF personnel and their families. Mark served for almost 25 years in the RAF, the majority of that time as a Puma helicopter pilot with 18, 72 and 33 Squadron serving in Germany, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and more recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mark said: "The RAF's centenary celebrations are a great opportunity for the RAF Benevolent Fund to spread the word about the vital work we do supporting RAF personnel, past and present and their families every day. I'd like to thank the team at The Ivy Norwich Brasserie for a fantastic evening and the generous donation that will help us to continue our work ensuring no member of the RAF Family will ever face adversity alone."
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