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Record total raised at annual RAF Waddington Air Show

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Record total raised at annual RAF Waddington Air Show
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This year's RAF Waddington International Air Show saw more than £375,000 raised for charity – the most in the event's history.

All the proceeds will be split between Lincolnshire causes and service charities, with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Royal Air Force Association getting £135,000 each.

Both charities provide financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF both past and present.

In addition, the local community will benefit from a £29,000 donation to the Station Charities Fund; money which is available throughout the year for disbursement to local charities.

And the Air Cadets Organisation is also set to receive £29,000 while a further £50,000 has already been donated to the Lincoln Bomber Command Memorial fund.

Since the Air Show began in 1995, it has raised more than £3.3 million for charity.

Show director Paul Sall said: "Given our ongoing operational commitments, there is a great sense of achievement for everyone at RAF Waddington.

"We're immensely proud that all the hard work that goes in to putting on such a spectacular show has meant we are able to donate such a significant amount of money knowing that it will make a real difference among the service and local community."

Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty added: "The Air Cadet Organisation is delighted to accept this very generous donation from the RAF Waddington Air Show.

"Many hundreds of cadets and supporting adult volunteers attend the show every year performing essential support tasks on the ground to enable it to be such an international success. We will use this donation to further promote aviation in the Air Cadet Organisation and recognise the excellence of our cadets and volunteers"

The RAF Waddington International Airshow showcases the UK's Defence capabilities as well as highlighting RAF Waddington's contribution to Operations.

Plans are well under way for next year's show which will be held on June 5 and 6.

Themes for 2014 are the Commemoration of the First World War, the 65th Anniversary of NATO, the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows.

Tickets are now on sale at www.waddingtonairshow. co.uk

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  • InsideStory  |  December 15 2013, 6:00AM

    Total raised will go up even more when the entrance goes up again this year . Good luck to the charity's but i wont be going again .

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