Five-year-old fundraiser Jacob Newson has raised more than £6,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund after climbing Yorkshire peak Pen-y-Ghent. As a thank you for his incredible support, the Fund invited Jacob along to a special event in Oxfordshire where he got to meet his heroes and watch a P-51 Mustang take to the skies.
Jacob, whose favourite aircraft is a Spitfire, was excited to meet Allan and show him his model of a Spitfire. While chatting to Johnny, the bomb aimer showed him the Distinguished Flying Medal he was awarded for his part in the famous Dambusters raid. Flt Sgt Len Manning, a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers, and Flt Lt Rusty Waughman, a Lancaster pilot, were also there to speak to Jacob and thank him on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Jacob’s fundraising began in tribute to the RAF who had fixed it for him to meet the Red Arrows and take their salute, at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo. Jacob, a huge RAF fan, was over the moon and, along with his father Andy, the Leeds youngster decided he wanted to give something back.
Jacob was treated to a special afternoon thanks to Aces High Fine Art, which organised the day.