Well summer is underway and with it comes a myriad of events for us to attend for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
With three under our belt, we are already feeling like complete pros. We can get a 12×12 tent up in record time, our gazebo is child’s play and teddy bears are rapidly losing their cuddly appeal!
This year we have an added element to our events in the form of the RAF Way Round team. They are three serving personnel from RAF Lossiemouth and a local contractor who are travelling over 3,000 miles on their motorbikes, covering thirty nine RAF bases in just one week. To help promote their event, they are bringing their bikes along to our events and helping us out at the same time. It’s certainly adding an extra “team” feeling and it’s great to be working together.
Our first event was Forres Vintage Theme Day on 4th May. The weather made it a little quiet, so we were able to find our feet and work out how we were going to set up together. With the bikes alongside us as an added draw, we attracted a few customers and, despite the rain, our coconut shy was put to use. Local volunteer Deb Wanless came along to help out at our first event, and was soon a dab hand at the teddy tombola!
Despite the damper weather, we raised a very respectable £185 and sold £40 worth of RAF Benevolent Fund merchandise.
Our next event was a little quieter, with a simple merchandise stall at Gordon Castle Highland Games. The games were a big draw and thoroughly enjoyed by Bobby and Debbie and we sold £116 worth of stock. The event was Debbie Tulip’s last event as she has sadly stepped down from the committee now. Debbie’s enthusiasm and comedic antics will be greatly missed, she would keep us smiling even on the wettest of days!
More recently we had Moray Motorfun in Elgin at the beginning of June. The event attracted around 5,000 people and with perfect weather conditions, we were extremely busy on the day. The RAF Way Round bikes were resplendent in the sunshine and the guys spent a lot of time talking to people about their adventure, gaining some more sponsors along the way.
It was also the first event for our newest volunteer, Ryan, who was thrown in at the deep end and was soon running around like the rest of us! It was also Craig’s first proper event and his car packing skills came in very handy. Both have volunteered for the next event, so we can’t have put them off too much!
The day ended with burnt necks and faces, but having run out of coconuts and teddy bears, we were happy to call the day a success. We sold just over £300 of RAF Benevolent Fund merchandise and raised £325 through our tombolas, donations and coconut shy.
So here’s to our next event and the next and the next! We love summer!