A Royal Air Force Association event tomorrow (Saturday October 19th) will combine fundraising, awareness-raising and fun, according to organisers.
The RAFA ‘Brew for the Few’ is to be held at the Salvation Army in Bayhead . The Salvation Army’s Lt Callum Newton is also branch welfare officer for the RAF association and has helped organise this and other events in the area.
The RAF Association recognises that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country and aims to ensure that their sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
Stornoway’s RAFA branch is the only one in the Western Isles and has around 50 members. Veterans and serving personnel in the Royal Air Force can become full members, but associate membership is also open to anyone who supports the service.
The Stornoway branch holds monthly meetings and raises money to support the national appeal, as well as maintaining a local fund to support members of the RAF family. As welfare officer, Callum can also access sums of money from the RAF benevolent fund to support anyone experiencing hard times, but the association is also there for fellowship and fundraising all the year round.
Callum told welovestornoway.com: “Saturday’s event is intended to raise funds for the Wings Appeal, but it’s also a chance to say thank you to the many people who support us through the year.
“There’ll be tea, coffee and cake and we’ll have a flight simulator which you can have a go on, a display of model aircraft and RAF merchandise. Our local air cadets will be helping out and it’s also a chance to have a chat and find out more about the RAF and the cadets while you are here.”
The Brew for the Few is open to drop in to between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday at the Salvation Army on Bayhead.
Pictures show some of the model planes which will be on display, and the flight simulator in action during last year’s event (RAFA).