RAF High Wycombe take a bow for charity

Airmen from RAF High Wycombe’s Information Support Wing have taken part in a 24-hr archery shoot in aid of local charities. 

The team, working round the clock, fired approximately 1000 arrows between 10 volunteers in the novel fundraiser in the Station’s Sports Hall.

The event was held alongside an attempt to beat the World Record Score in Archery over 24 hours, an endeavour that was too tough a nut to crack, as Corporal Mark Sharratt and Mr Nick Skegg fell way short of the target.

Corporal Sharratt said: “The guys that hold the current record were from RAF Benson – they must have been machines to achieve the rate of arrows per hour they did.”

The event kicked off with a gate collection by Robin Hood and his Merry Men, proceeds of which will go towards helping local charities, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Saunderton Lodge.

Speaking on behalf of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Media and Campaigns manager Rob Panting said: “This is a hugely innovative and fun way of raising money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – and we wish everyone involved at RAF High Wycombe the very best of luck. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of our supporters. The lifetime cost of a hearing dog is around £45,000 each, so we really do need the public’s support to go creating more life-changing hearing dog partnerships.”

Sustenance for the event was provided by ESS Support Services, the catering contractors on the Station.  Sergeant Chris Parker, who co-organised the event with Sgt Matt Williams and others, was astounded at the support ESS had offered:

“They have done us proud”, said Chris, “we have had tea and coffee on tap, bacon butties for breakfast both days, sandwiches at lunch and to top it all they even brought us pizza – we can’t thank them enough.”

Closing the event, Corporal Sharratt said: “Although we failed to take the record, we are immensely proud to have raised what we did for our chosen charities.  Thanks must go to all who contributed and supported the event.”