RAF raises thousands for good causes

Wing Commander Richard Sharp presenting a cheque to the Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service Lifeboat secretary Claire Bowron and treasurer Yvonne Shevels.
Wing Commander Richard Sharp presenting a cheque to the Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service Lifeboat secretary Claire Bowron and treasurer Yvonne Shevels.

RAF Boulmer’s Charities Committee has presented three cheques to the Station’s nominated charities after a highly successful year of fund-raising.

Donations of £3,389.16 were each made to the Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Service (BVRS) Lifeboat and Gosforth-based St Oswald’s Hospice, while the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) received a cheque for £1,694.58.

BVRS secretary Claire Bowron said: “We’re immensely grateful to receive this donation from RAF Boulmer. We are a small independent organisation and it’s difficult to raise funds in this economic climate. This money will allow us to buy some much-needed and vital training equipment for our volunteers.”

Presenting the cheques, Wing Commander Richard Sharp, Officer Commanding Support Wing, said: “The personnel at RAF Boulmer love to support charities, particularly those that affect our lives in the local area, and they have worked especially hard to raise even more than last year – a feat in itself.

“I am really pleased to present these cheques to the Boulmer Volunteer Lifeboat, St Oswald’s Hospice and our own Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. My heartfelt thanks go to all involved in raising and donating such a fantastic sum of more than £8,000.”

The Charities Committee held a host of events throughout the year to raise money.

The newly-appointed Officer in Charge of the Charities Committee, Flight Lieutenant Jason Garratt said: “It is such a pleasure to acknowledge these great charities, and the tireless work the Charities Committee and my predecessor Flight Lieutenant Mark Buckley have done over the past year.

“Let’s not forget that none of this would be possible if not for the generosity of those who donated money.

“No matter how big or small, it all helps.

“Everyone on the committee should be rightly proud of what they have achieved and I look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

The nominated charities for the coming year are HospiceCare North Northumberland, Tiny Lives and the Royal Air Force Association.