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The Sweet Taste of Fundraising

We were absolutely delighted to have raised £921.54 for RAF96 here at RAF Lossiemouth and are even more excited about just how varied the fundraising was!

To kick off RAF96 we held a collection at the RAF Lossiemouth main gate, raising £355.01 during a chilly and frantic hour at rush hour on 1st April, the RAF’s birthday.

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Elgin City Football Club kindly allowed us to hold a collection during one of their home games and despite a biting wind and an extremely cold crowd, they donated a lovely £41.11.  Our Station Chaplaincy Centre held a collection,adding  £19.32 to our kitty and our Easter Animal Hunt around the shops of Lossiemouth  popped a further £36 into the RAF96 total, with a very happy Marc Macphail winning an Easter Egg.

Marc MacphailElgin City Collection  Chaplaincy Centre (1)

Our RAF Benevolent Fund funded RAF Lossiemouth Child Care Centre held a red, white and blue party with £126.50 being raised on the day and a Temple Chef night with good friends brought in another £30.00

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Local supporter Jo Morrin donated £73 through her Neal’s Yard consultancy connections and has promised continued support through her Neal’s Yard parties! Husband and wife team, Cheryl and Chris Fox organised a kids’ party on station and made a fabulous £137 for RAFBF through entry fees and a massive tombola.

SAC(T) Chris Fox and Cheryl Fox

All these diverse events made for a very exciting and different April for us, but perhaps the most exciting of all was to have our very own RAF96 ice cream! Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour’s owner and ice cream creator extraordinaire, Sheila Gray, very kindly invented a three coloured ice cream to represent the RAF Benevolent Fund logo. The sublime and tasty combination of blue moon (type of vanilla) and cherry cola made it too good to resist which, thankfully, many didn’t and it proved very popular. Of course as representatives, we had to pop in and buy some ………. on more than one occasion! It only seemed fair!

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Available throughout the whole of April, the ice cream generated a lot of interest on Twitter and Facebook, giving the added bonus of great social media interaction for Team RAFBF Lossiemouth, Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour and the RAFBF, raising the profile of all three of us.

It’s the connection to wonderful small, local companies like this that makes fundraising around Lossiemouth so much fun and we are extremely grateful to Sheila for her support and donation of £100 towards our RAF96 total.

Whilst our RAF96 ice cream may be a thing of the past, Sheila’s Belgium Chocolate ice cream is very much a flavour of today as are her many wonderful creations, so what are you waiting for! They are also currently among the top 10 Scottish ice cream parlours in the Daily Records Gold Cone Awards and we wish them the best of luck in the judging! You can find out more by following them on Facebook  and Twitter or simply visiting their shop at  33-35 High St, Fochabers, Morayshire IV32 7DX.

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So that’s RAF96 all done and dusted but we have some great ideas to carry forward to RAF97 and can’t wait to see who else we can get involved! Thank you to everyone for all your support and for enabling us to raise such a wonderful amount locally.

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We’re Bringing our Party to the RAF96 Party

raf96-posterMarch is nearly over and April is just around the corner which can mean only one thing? It’s time to party for RAF96 and we are really excited! We  have been working hard to make sure there is plenty happening around RAF Lossiemouth to celebrate the RAF’s 96th birthday and to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund during April.

 

There is a lot of support for the RAF Benevolent Fund locally, our community is closely bound with the Royal Air Force, which became very apparent in November 2010 when the local population marched in support of the RAF staying at Lossiemouth. 

Courtesy of Daily Record  Courtesy of Moray Task Force

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and helps out serving and ex serving personnel, as well as their families, who account for a large percentage of the population locally. There are large areas of service family accommodation in Elgin and here at Lossiemouth, with service families are well-integrated as children attend Primary and Secondary schools and spouses work locally, as well as supporting the voluntary sector.

009__001__club_crests__Elgin__1276179379_standardWe are thrilled with the involvement of local organisations for RAF96, including Elgin City Football Club, who have very kindly agreed to let us hold a collection during their home match on 5th April. We are extremely grateful for their support and just hope the supporters are feeling equally generous on the day!

41032_140412702666247_1556722_nSometimes, something comes along that has us jumping up and down in excitement and the opportunity to have our very own RAFBF ice cream is one of them.  Sheila from Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour has very kindly agreed to make a bespoke ice cream, which will be available during April.   There are many hardships to fundraising and the hardest so far will most definitely be having to taste ice cream, but we will put on our big girl pants (probably all that will fit us afterwards) and get on with it.  Roll on April!

Easter Animal Hunt SampleDuring the Easter Holidays, Lossiemouth shops have kindly agreed to take part in our Easter Animal Hunt and we have placed animals in ten shop windows around the town.  Entry sheets are purchased locally and children have to “hunt” out and identify the animals and then work out the word the first letter of each spells.  This is the second year we have done the animal hunt, following great feedback last year with everyone saying they had enjoyed finding new local shops to frequent. 

Here on base we have a few activities planned for RAF96. Firstly, our Chaplaincy Centre will be holding a collection on 29th and 30th March and then on 1st April there will be a gate collection at the main gate of RAF Lossiemouth. Personnel will be “hi-jacked” on their way into work and their pockets emptied – well ok, we will be a bit nicer than that, but you get the idea!  Gate Collection Advert

There are also a few organised events, including a Zumbathon, kids’ party and a “Temple Chef” night, which will blend the delights of Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations with soothing Temple Spa treatments.  The RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre, provided by the RAF Benevolent Fund, are also holding a few fundraising activities including a cake bake and sale and a coin toss.

Local consultants for Temple Spa and Neal’s Yard have also volunteered to donate a percentage of their party sales and raffle proceeds during April to the RAFB Benevolent Fund.

So that’s what we are bringing to the party ………….. what are you doing?  Visit the RAF Benevolent Fund website and find out how you can celebrate RAF96 and raise funds for the RAF’s leading welfare charity at the same time.

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