RAF High Wycombe Wings Appeal

On Friday 8th September 2017, seven members of the High Wycombe RAFA Committee braved the rain to support the Wings Appeal Collection in the City of London. 

An early start at 05:15 saw the team safely into London to the muster point at Guildhall ahead of the traffic, and in plenty of time to grab a good pitch. Unfortunately, the rain shower which started as they left the car park at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Barracks did not abate, and those that were without an umbrella bore the continued downpour with stoicism. A complimentary hot drink from Costa was a welcome relief from the miserable conditions. All personnel reported a positive reaction from the commuters, with many taking the time to pause in the rain to chat or just offer their thanks for our service. The High Wycombe contribution raised was £1,765.52, part of an overall total of almost £17,000.00 raised on the day by the South-East Area. Top scorer for High Wycombe, for the second year running, was Sqn Ldr Ady Morris; his combination of charm and guile netted £420.98 on the day.

The London event marked the end of a busy month of fundraising for RAF High Wycombe. In ones, twos and in groups, they toured Buckinghamshire and parts of Oxfordshire in support of the RAF Wings Appeal. Sqn Ldr Ady Morris, and his wife Tracy, set up a stall at the Rebellion Brewery at Marlow Bottom, raising £120. Sgt Roy Jameson had a very profitable few days in Marlow and Henley-on-Thames, collecting £1,753.62. WOs Claire Old and Kev Swift, FS’ Li Smith and Wilky Wilkinson, Sgts Terri Cambell and Matt Ridsdale and SAC Huw Pateman laid siege to the entrance gates and coffee shops of Air Command, raising £561.02, two buttons and a trolley token.

All of those involved were heartened by the generosity of those they met, and the positive view held by the public of both the service and of RAFA. It was a month of hard work, fun and positive engagement that saw RAF High Wycombe raise a total of £4,080.16. We continue working to make sure all are aware of the good work RAFA does, but there is also fun to be had in fundraising. New and old members are welcome, and the High Wycombe committee has vacancies for an Events Co-ordinator/Web Manager and Fundraiser. Please contact either FS Li Smith on ext. 4313, or FS Wilky Wilkinson on ext. 6840.

To join RAFA, go to www.rafa.org.uk 

RAFA is a service charity that aims to support all serving and former service personnel and their families. To be eligible, it is necessary to have served for only one day in the RAF. RAFA recognises that RAF personnel dedicate their lives to the country and tries to ensure that their sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.

With 540 welfare officers making 102,200 welfare visits and calls per year, RAFA tries to help with life’s challenges and also help homeless veterans rebuild their lives. From providing advice on pensions and compensation, breaks for carers and the cared for, to access to welfare houses, RAFA aims to smooth out life’s wrinkles for the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran.

The Wings Appeal is the RAF’s fundraising campaign for serving and former RAF men and women. It runs throughout the year and culminates in Wings Week, which commemorates the Battle of Britain, in September. Commencing in 1951, the focus of the appeal is on fundraising, of which some £1.8 million is collected and distributed annually. Fundraising events range from: Brew for a Few, stalls, sponsored events, the Wings Lotto and bucket collections.