RAF base raises £6k for good causes

RAF Boulmer Station Commander, Group Captain Rich Jacob presents cheques to its three supported charities.
RAF Boulmer Station Commander, Group Captain Rich Jacob presents cheques to its three supported charities.

At the end of a successful fund-raising year, the RAF Boulmer Station Charities Committee has presented a total of £6,330 to its three supported charities for 2015/16.

Two were local – HospiceCare North Northumberland and Tiny Lives, while the other was national – the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). The team organised a number of successful charity events throughout the year to raise the funds, including an evening of boxing, a Christmas raffle, coffee mornings and cake sales, culminating with a highly successful Station Beer Festival.

The Station Commander, Group Captain Rich Jacob, recently presented the cheques to representatives of the three charities.

Pictured above, in the front row, are David Atkinson (HospiceCare), Carol Meredith (Tiny Lives), Group Captain Jacob and Mr and Mrs Allison (RAFA).

Behind them are members of the fund-raising committee.

Group Captain Jacob said: “The Station Charities Committee has worked extremely hard this year to support three fantastic and well-deserving charities. The total it has raised is testament to the hard work of every committee member and they should be very proud of their achievements.

“The work of the committee doesn’t stop now though as the station has selected its supported charities for the forthcoming year: SANDS (Stillbirth And Neonatal Death), the Great North Air Ambulance and Amble RNLI Lifeboat. Fund-raising events are already under way.”

David Atkinson, a trustee for HospiceCare North Northumberland, said: “HospiceCare is extremely grateful to everybody at RAF Boulmer who has taken part in these fund-raising activities. Receiving support like this is the lifeblood of a small local charity, and helps us to provide the best possible end-of-life care for the people of north Northumberland.”

Carol Meredith received the cheque on behalf of Tiny Lives. She said: “Our thanks go to RAF Boulmer for choosing to support Tiny Lives. And a very big thank-you to everyone who played a part in the fund-raising efforts, especially during a very busy year.

“The funds raised will purchase Claire’s Nests - developmental care aids that protect, support, and help the development of tiny babies on the RVI Special Care Baby Unit at one of the most critical times in their lives.”

John Allison BEM, of RAFA, said: “I have to thank massively the team at RAF Boulmer for such sterling work in collecting more than £6,300 during the year and to be able to share the collection with two local charities.”