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Squadron details support after winning Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund award

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has named 282 (East Ham) Sqn as its Air Training Corps of the Year in 2023.

Now in its 11th year, the RAF Benevolent Fund Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of its fundraisers, volunteers, and partners.

282 (East Ham) Sqn OC Chris Booty explained how the squadron often supports the RAFBF at its events based in London.

"The cadets always bring the ‘blue’ element of the RAF to the events as they wear their uniform and are often seen as representing the RAF as a whole," said the RAFAC Squadron Leader.

"We attended the Bomber Command Memorial. Cadets have supported veterans at this event since its opening in 2012, escorting them between the RAF club and the memorial, often chatting over war stories. The band regularly plays to the guests too.

"We also went to the RAFBF Carol Service, providing carpet guards and handing out programmes and mince pies. Cadets normally do a reading or two as well."

Sqn Lder Booty also told how the cadets provide a carpet guide to guests and VIPs at the RAFBF Annual Awards and provide support at fundraising events such as the London Marathon.

The ceremony was held at Plaisterers' Hall in London, and was attended by RAF personnel, veterans and supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Hosting the event was actor Alistair Petrie, whose father served in the RAF for 40 years.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise all of the great work that allows us to continue supporting RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families and making a real improvement to their lives. Many congratulations to all this year's winners, their inspirational enthusiasm, creativity, and generosity has been wonderful to see. From everyone at the RAF Benevolent Fund – thank you."

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