RAF Spadeadam has won the RAF Stations Challenge Cup in the eighth annual RAF Benevolent Fund awards. The award recognises the Station which has raised the most money strictly through sporting events on a per-head basis.
The ceremony, held virtually on 13 October, was attended by hundreds of RAF personnel and supporters of the Fund in a night which celebrates the achievements of those who support the RAF’s leading welfare charity, from dedicated individuals and groups to RAF stations and corporate partners.
To mark the RAF’s centenary, a team at RAF Spadeadam rejuvenated a popular running race and decided to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the RAF Benevolent Fund. The RAF Spadeadam Half Marathon is now a fixture on the running calendar in Cumbria and has raised thousands of pounds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Station Commander Wing Commander Matt Lawrence said: “RAF Spadeadam is a large station by area but with only 190 personnel. We had to think of innovative ways to support the Fund. We have supported them as they have supported us magnificently. It is a huge honour to be awarded the Stations Cup and on behalf of the whole force team at RAF Spadeadam, I thank all of you for awarding us this cup.”
Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “During my first few months at the Fund I was struck by the dedication of our supporters who go to incredible lengths to ensure we are able to continue our work supporting the RAF Family. The awards are our opportunity to celebrate those who make all of this possible and thank all our supporters.
“Huge congratulations to all of the winners, especially RAF Spadeadam. We truly would not be able to do what we do without every single one of our supporters whether it be raising money or awareness, helping us to reach even more members of the RAF Family.”
The award was presented by Air Vice-Marshal Michael Harwood from The Military Mutual, who sponsored it.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has been supporting the RAF for more than 100 years, providing help through the toughest times. If you know an RAF veteran in need, go to rafbf.org to find out how the Fund could help.