It was all the brainchild and hard work of Stu Wright, who is the manager of the Soul Food Café at St Aidan’s Centre, RAF Lossiemouth. Stu had wanted to organise a fundraiser that would be a bit of fun, but that would also bring people into the Café and help support the work of CESSAC (Church Of England Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Clubs) at the same time.
After a day of preparation, Stu and his wife Elly were more than ready and raring to go come 8am on the Tuesday morning. With one hundred and twenty two pancakes ready to sell, as well as two batches of home-made soup, Stu was more than equipped to feed the starving masses of RAF Lossiemouth!
Our first customers of the day were the very keen and prompt Harris family. Wing Commander Harris joined his family for a gathering around delicious pancakes; where both young and old (sorry Marie and Shaun) enjoyed their morning treat.
Acting Station Commander, Wing Commander Sean Orr, was another early customer and happily posed for photographs whilst trying to eat his pancake while it was still warm. Sean brought the rest of his office in with him in support and this was one occasion on which they were happy to follow the boss along.
Soon the crowds were starting to gather and before tables were at a premium and there wasn’t a seat left in the house. The smell of pancakes drifting on the morning air was clearly luring people in from all over the base!
Before long, the Café was filled with the mixed chatter of both serving personnel and families, with children running around excitedly brandishing their RAFBF balloons and inflatable aircraft, fuelled on pancakes and syrup!
We had a small raffle on offer and tickets were generously purchased (despite some dubious looking prizes). Our RAFBF merchandise stall also proved popular, with our inflatable aircraft and “remove before flight” key rings both selling well. We sold a fantastic £72 worth of stock, which was brilliant considering the small event.
11am saw the change over from pancakes to soup and the lunch time crowd started to fill the seats left empty once all the pancakes had been eaten. With two delicious flavours of home-made soup to choose from with the choice of hand-made sandwiches to complement, everyone was soon happily tucking into a fulfilling lunch.
As the visitors left, we began the task of counting up and were delighted to have raised £100 in raffle ticket sales and donations. This amount was enhanced by the very generous donation of £140 from CESSAC which was half of the profits from the day’s takings, meaning both charities were well supported.
This event was the first outing for our new committee members, Ally and Craig and we would like to say well done for coping so well on their first event.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Stu for his hard work and CESSAC for their permission to hold the fundraiser and donation. Definitely something to keep on the calendar for next year, who wouldn’t want to see happy faces like this again, all in the name of charity!
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