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Schoolgirl wins competition to design the new Airfix Hawk model, raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund

Fourteen year old Heather Morien from Seaghill, Northumberland, has won a competition to design a new Airfix model Hawk aircraft.

Her winning design was selected from hundreds of entries from around the world and will now be turned into a model kit which will be available to buy next year.

Heather Morien, who attends Cramlington Learning Village school, said: "I am really happy; I never thought that I would actually win the competition. I mean just the thought of an Airfix kit with my design on it is mind boggling and I can't wait to see it in the shops. I also can't wait to go to the shops and be one of the first to buy it so I can add it to my collection.

"Next week I am starting my GCSEs, one of which  is Graphics and Product Design, and this competition has given me some helpful experience in this area."

The competition was run by the model kit manufacturer Airfix, the oldest UK manufacturer of scale plastic model kits.

Heather Morien's winning designDarrel Burge, Airfix Marketing Manager, said: "Airfix wanted to extend our association with the RAF Benevolent Fund, and raise awareness of the charity and our links to it.  Enabling someone to design their own kit, and raising even more funds for the charity, has proven to be a great way to engage people, and in turn allows us to provide a fantastic lifetime prize for our winner."

Hornby Hobbies, and more specifically their Airfix brand, has been a key supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, for over four years. Working closely with the charity, it has developed specific models with the charity’s distinct heart roundel, witha percentage of profits from the sale of these coming to the charity. This has enabled the company to donate over £10,000 to the RAFBF.

"Airfix has also decorated the Red Arrow-themed bedroom and kitted out the playroom at Shencot, the charity’s holiday cottage on the South coast. The cottage provides much needed and affordable breaks for RAF serving personnel and their families, and the bedroom is a firm favourite with young guests."

Speaking on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund, Air Marshal Chris Nickols said: "There was a fantastic response to the competition with entries from as far away as Australia. It was a tough decision picking the winner, but Heather's fun design was very eye-catching and a great way to promote the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"Hornby Hobbies, and more specifically their Airfix brand, has become a key supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund over the years and we're looking forward to this new design in the shops next year."

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