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									BREW FOR THE FEW 11/09/2007
September 12, 2007 A unique gathering of RAF personnel, from the very oldest surviving World War I veteran to members of today‟s Royal Air Force have come together to celebrate the launch of the RAF Association‟s Brew for the Few campaign. The “Brew”, part of the Association‟s annual „Wings Appeal‟, is newly launched this year, and encourages people to get the kettle on and arrange a tea party or other similar event in aid of the Appeal. RAF veterans from every conflict of the last century were present at the official launch which was held at the Brewers Hall, in The City of London. This included Europe‟s oldest man, First World War veteran Henry Allingham, 111, who is also the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and the last surviving founding member of the RAF. Several members of “The Few” – pilots from the Battle of Britain attended, one of whom, Spitfire pilot William Walker, 94, was shot down by enemy aircraft during the 1940 conflict with a bullet wound to his leg. He only survived by dragging himself on to the wreckage of a sunken ship to await rescue. Also present was Pathfinder bomber pilot Sqn Ldr Patrick Carden, 96, whose role was to enter enemy territory to mark out where the aircraft should attack. In his address, RAFA President, Air Marshal Philip Sturley said that it was a “„Unique‟ gathering of veterans representing every major conflict from WWI to present day serving personnel”. He was also delighted to welcome to the event celebrity RAF veterans Pam Ayres, The Rt Honorable Lord Tebbit and television presenter Bob Holness. Air Marshal Sturley praised the bravery of those who defended their country during the Battle of Britain and those who kept putting their lives on the line for their country. He added: “There are so many more people out there who are eligible for the support the Association can provide That is why we continue to undertake the Wings Appeal to raise welfare funds to provide support, not just to our most senior veterans but to those, presently serving, who will require our support in 30, 40, 50 years time. I hope that in the coming days people across the country will give generously to The Wings Appeal to support the whole of The RAF family.” Ends….

Notes to Editors  The RAF Association Wings Appeal raises over £2million for the Association each year to provide welfare and care for all serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. The RAF Association (RAFA) supports the whole Air Force family, from the WWII veteran, through veterans of more recent conflicts, to current serving personnel and their families, both in this country and those deployed overseas. Through Comradeship, Welfare and Opportunities we seek to provide advice, support and, where appropriate, respite breaks and care for those in need. In the Association we take the view that welfare is all about people, and the cornerstone of our welfare work is the Honorary Branch Welfare Officer. Each of our 500 + Branches has at least one Welfare officer and last year they undertook, on an entirely voluntary basis, almost 24,000 welfare visits. With no direct Government funding, raising money is essential. To continue to provide the level of welfare and care that our members require we need to raise over £8 million each year.

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To find out more about The RAF Association, how to assist with The Wings Appeal or how to organise your own „Brew for The Few‟ event: Visit our website: e-mail: telephone: write to: www.rafa.org.uk wings@rafa.org.uk 0116-266-5224 The RAF Association 117½ Loughborough Road , Leicester LE4 5ND


								
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