On Sunday 7 October 2012, cadets from Middlesex Wing ATC handed a cheque for £1,670 to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) at RAF Northolt.
Middlesex Wing’s donation was funded from the proceeds of a charity 'Tattoo' held in Ruislip earlier this year. Cadets along with Station Personnel and representatives from 600 (City of London) Sqn RAuxAF entertained an audience of over 300 with music, dance and stories of 'life on the front line'.
The latter featured personnel from 600 Sqn who had recently served in Afghanistan. SAC Iphie Modu gave a fascinating account of her experiences:
"I enjoy the variety of opportunities I have as a Reservist; apart from being deployed to Kandahar, I have also been a steward at Wimbledon – both were exciting and so different from my work as a trainee barrister!
"But perhaps no less challenging, Cpl Lesley Vincent and SAC Alison Cartlidge from the RAF Music Services, have the task of coaching the cadet choir.
"It's very different from out normal duties in the RAF Central Band" say the tutors. "It can be hard at times with limited rehearsal schedules, but it is charitable events such the Tattoo which make it so worthwhile."
The smiling faces in the picture of the handover surely speak volumes for the success of Lesley and Alison's coaching!
Speaking for the RAF Benevolent Fundm, Regional Director Paul Hewson praised the cadets' efforts: "This fantastic donation is a tremendous fillip to the fundraising challenge facing the RAF Benevolent Fund.
"Few people realise the extent of our work: last year alone the Fund awarded over £9m of grants ranging from £40.00 to repair a wheelchair puncture, to £6,000 for care costs for a terminally-ill RAF wife and her children. Our help is there to alleviate immediate suffering and, where necessary, provide a new start in life."
Locally, RAF Northolt has received more than £300,000 over the past three years alone.
Corporal Knight echoed the thoughts of all the participants when she said: "We are pleased to help such worthwhile cause."