Goodness me is it 2015 already! I can’t believe we are starting our third year of fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund. It’s amazing just how much time has flown, but then we have had so much fun with everything we have done and met some incredible people; it’s not surprising it flies by.
2014 was a year filled with incredible challenges by some of our supporters, including a climb up Ben Nevis, a four day River Spey Challenge and a 7 day motorbike challenge around the UK! How can anyone possibly top that in 2015?
With all these amazing challenges and plenty of other events, we ended 2014 having raised just over £24,800 for the RAFBF, with £17,000 of that being raised in 2014. This is only the amount we have been involved in as a team, and doesn’t include all the other fabulous fundraising that happened at RAF Lossiemouth, including personal and group challenges as well as station fundraising.
It’s not long before we will be able to say we have reached £25,000 – what a fantastic total to have raised!
So with the last of the decorations being tidied away, the turkey a distant memory and the odour of sprouts finally lifting, it’s on with 2015. We are already getting our Cadet ducks in a row for this year’s fundraising and aim to start with a coffee morning in March, before a busy April for RAF97, but more of that nearer the time. We are also planning a summer challenge, will be supporting a team entering the Baxters River Ness 10k and hopefully some amazing marathon runners! If you would like to take part, please do get in touch!
We will also be supporting Wing Commander Jon Nixon, OC XV(R) Sqn as he trains for and completes his first marathon in London this year. The squadron will also be taking on a year of fundraising events for the RAF Benevolent Fund as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations. You can read more about their planned adventures on their website. We would like to wish Jon and his whole squadron the very best of luck and send a huge thank you for their amazing support!
Life in the Royal Air Force is ever evolving and because of that we had to say goodbye to several committee members, including Hannah Saunders, Bobby Keeling, Kerry Morris and Zee Fletcher due to changes in locations. We also said cheerio to Debbie Tulip and Ally Carle, who needed to free up some personal time. However, all is not lost and the committee continues to evolve and grow and currently stands at:
Karen Cox, Pauline Evans, Craig Chrossan, Mark Ratcliffe, Dave Thorne, Louis Devenny, Mel Waters, Charlotte Robinson, Jordan Ray, Stuart Smylie and Stew Macintyre.
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So that’s a quick update to say hello for 2015 and we will be back shortly with more news! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog!