A sunny weekend in Eastbourne saw a group of servicemen and women from RAF Cottesmore receive an award in recognition of their outstanding fundraising achievements in support of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), raising just short of £20,000 last year.

The Sir John Baker Trophy was awarded at the Association’s Annual National Conference, and recognised the Station for raising the second highest amount of any RAF Station for the Association’s Wings Appeal in 2010.

The award was received on behalf of the Station by the Officer Commanding RAF Cottesmore, Wg Cdr James Savage, accompanied by the Station’s RAFA Liaison Officer (RAFALO) Chief Technician David Craven and fellow RAFALOs Corporal Tracey Wagoner and Senior Aircraftsman Neil Smith.

Wg Cdr Savage said: “This is a truly amazing achievement against a backdrop of uncertain times for RAF Cottesmore and its personnel, and emphasises the heart and resilience of the men and women of the Station”.

Chf Tech Craven, said: “The amount raised is also testament to the generosity and support of the local community for what is a truly worthwhile cause. The Association is dedicated to supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families. Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on his or her feet, a young daughter missing her parent away on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, they are there to help”.

By Squadron Leader (Ret’d) A W Walsh

Media & Communication Officer


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