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RAF station launches month-long fundraiser

RAF Brize Norton kicked-off their October fundraising extravaganza with a gate collection in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

More than £500 was raised in the first hour and was followed by a 12-hour relay spin-a-thon organised by the Station Warrant Officer. Spinners from across the station, including personnel and civilians from all wings, got involved.

Ben Elephant gets involved in BrizeFundFest at RAF Brize Norton

Other fundraising activities planned for the month include the Great Brize Bake Off,  bag packing at local supermarkets, an auction of prime parking slots on the station, quiz nights, Fantasy rugby, the Abingdon Half Marathon, 'Ready Steady Cook', a Halloween party, the Yellow Brick road coin line, a one-mile run/jog/walk, a quintathalon, cake sales and much more.

Today has also seen the launch of a fantastic new supporter group at RAF Brize Norton, Team RAFBF Brize. This group of dedicated volunteers have held a cake sale and recruitment drive to encourage further help and support for the Fund on station.

The Fund's mascot Ben Elephant has been overseeing all of the activities and joining in the fun to raise awareness and funds for the RAF's leading welfare charity. 

Wing Commander Dave Stewart, Officer Commanding 47 Squadron, said: "The RAF Benevolent has spent a tremendous amount of money on welfare projects at RAF Brize Norton over this past year and this special month of fundraising is a chance for the people at Brize to show their appreciation for all the support the charity continues to give to the station and the wider RAF family."

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