In a reversal of support the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) has benefitted recently from activities on Station. Normally it is RAF personnel that get vital support from the charity.
A charity quiz was held by Catering Training Squadron as the most recent fund raiser in their long history of support to good causes. The quiz was organised and presented by Cpl Richie Carter who had used the benefits open to service personnel from the fund to aid him in a past situation. Richie was on his last day of service when he hosted his quiz and he got his fellow instructors to provide food and bar services. A total of £112 was raised whilst the CTS team reigned triumphant in the quiz.
The following personnel ran in support of the RAFBF in the London10K some making it a family affair; WO Woodruff, his wife and 2 children, FS Price and his wife. Sqn Ldr Brunning A4, FS Smith and Cpl Thompson SMTW, Cpl Burnham CTS. SACs Millatt, Barraclough and Laing PMS. They enjoyed a picnic after completing the race and some even managed to get snapped with a copy of Mainpoint in London.
Cpl Nick Coulson and Cpl Ben Brook, Physical Training Instructors from RAF Halton conceived and completed a 24 hour ‘beat the bike’ charity event on spinning bikes. The challenge saw around 100 additional personnel from the Station completing 1, 6, 12 or 24 hour slots of spinning. With only 5 minutes off per hour cycled, spirits were kept high with a careful selection of music ranging from dance and rave to hip hop. Trainees from McTeague Flight helped out during the day by monitoring the spinners, whilst PTIs took over for the night hours monitoring the participants for fatigue, dehydration and injuries.
Six people completed the full 24 hours and over £1000 was raised for the RAFBF & other charities. Cpl Coulson said: “We were completely overwhelmed with the support that people gave the event. Sections joined us for the one-hour slots during the day but other people, including the Station Commander, visited us throughout the evening with doughnuts and other sugary snacks to keep us going. Several individuals even joined us for an hour or two during the graveyard shift! These small gestures really made a difference and helped to keep us going on what was, in hindsight, a very challenging (and uncomfortable) event.”