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Three colours, three charities, thousands raised!

Thousands of pupils took part in the fifth annual Red, White and Blue Day last week, raising funds for three Service charities.

Last Friday saw children dress in Red, White and Blue at school and learn about life in Britain’s Armed Forces. This year also had a Battle of Britain theme as the children paid tribute to those who fought in the Battle 75 years ago.

Pupils at Mayhill Junior School, near RAF Odiham

Uniformed personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force visited some of the schools taking part to speak to pupils and give them an insight into life in the Armed Forces today.

Cpl Ray Casson, who is stationed at RAF Waddington, visited a school in North Hykeham. He said: "It's great for the children to understand what the military do and its different elements. It's also great for them to know the RAF isn't just pilots, that there are many different roles carried out by our personnel.

"Red, White and Blue Day is an opportunity to speak to children about the history of events like the Battle of Britain to teach the next generation about their history and the legacy left by those who made sacrifices 75 years ago."

Head teacher Lesley Norton said: "Supporting Red, White and Blue Day has been a fantastic opportunity for our children to think about the vital role of our Armed Forces both in the Battle of Britain and in the modern day.

"The children really enjoyed learning about the work that Cpl Ray Casson does and our Service Superstars were keen to show him how they support each other in school. We raised more than £200 which we hope will help our Service people and their families."

Red, White and Blue Day is a national fundraising campaign for schools, run annually by the UK's three Service charities; The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

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