Public reaction to the vandalism of Bomber Command Memorial has been overwhelming with support flooding in from around the world.
To date the RAF Benevolent Fund has received more than £20,000 donated by just over 900 generous supporters to help pay for repair works at the Memorial in London's Green Park.
Phase one of the cleaning work has now been completed and the Bomber Command Memorial has now been re-opened to the public. Phase two, which includes spot cleaning the remaining paint and re-sealing the bronze statue, will be carried out over the coming weeks.
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "While we have been heartened by the public outcry following this attack, it is a shame this act of vandalism has turned our attention away from our mission of supporting those RAF veterans who need our help.
"The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud to be the guardians of the Memorial, ensuring the legacy of these men is remembered for generations to come and ensuring the sacrifice of the few will always be remembered by the many. It is vital we honour the memory of the fallen with Memorials and Museums to bring this heritage to life, it is the least we can do to repay the debt we owe."
"A lot of time and manpower has gone into the investigation and we'd like to thank everyone involved and encourage anyone with any information to contact to police."
CCTV from the area has been passed to the police who are continuing with their enquiries.
Supporting the Bomber Command Memorial
For further information about the Bomber Command Memorial or to make a donation to support its upkeep, please visit our Bomber Command Memorial website.