They’ve raffled and rattled, baked and fired, shook buckets and sweated buckets – all year and all in the names of three charities.
Personnel at RAF Boulmer have worked tirelessly to raise money and the fruits of the labour have been distributed to the good causes at a ceremony at the base.
In a successful fundraising year, the RAF Boulmer Station Charities Committee doubled last year’s total and was able to hand out £12,073.
Two local charities – Amble RNLI and the Great North Air Ambulance Service each received £4,829 and the national charity SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) received £2,414.
The station’s charity team organised a number of successful events throughout the year to raise the funds. Among these were a 24-hour Cross Fit challenge, cake and pie sales throughout the year, a Christmas raffle, the Station Beer Festival and the hugely successful Bywell Charity Shoot.
The chairman of the Charities Committee, Flight Lieutenant Mike Petley, presented the cheques. He said: “The whole team at RAF Boulmer has worked really hard throughout the year to think of new ways to raise money for our supported charities. It is testament to their innovation and determination that our total is double the amount we raised last year, so I thank everyone for their support”.
Jill Faulconbridge, of Amble Lifeboat, said: “We are quite overwhelmed by the amount raised by RAF Boulmer and we are extremely grateful to the team”.
Ben McWilliams, of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, said: “I would like to say a huge thank-you to the team at RAF Boulmer for such a large donation. It costs £5.1million per year to run the charity and we are funded entirely by the public – we could not carry on without the support of fantastic people like those at RAF Boulmer.”
Marion Currie, from SANDS said: “We really appreciate everything that RAF Boulmer has done.”
“This money will help us to support families and parents across the UK who are suffering the death of a baby.”