A BRANCH of the RAF Association has celebrated another mammoth Wings Appeal collection as they top £30,000.
The RAF Association’s Carrickfergus Branch, which covers Whitehead through Carrickfergus and Greenisland to Newtownabbey and Glengormley, has, for the sixth time, broke the £30,000 barrier.
To celebrate they met at the end of October to have an ‘End of Wings Bash’ at the Golf Club in Carrickfergus.
Wing Commander Noel Williams, the Branch Chairman and Wings Appeal Organiser, said: “I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of the people of Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey as they again ensure that our welfare work is incredibly well supported in the area.
“Yet again we, or should I say they, have broken the £30,000 ceiling during our 10-week campaign as we manned our stalls in various locations.
“The £30,000 barrier, in these tough ‘Brexit’ financial times, is a huge hill to have climbed. The generosity of many people has staggered us all.
“People just seem to want to interact with our older veterans and recognise the service they have given to their country, and are supportive of them.”
Branch President, Maureen Irwin, said: “I am delighted how people have ‘dug deep’ again and supported our welfare work so freely.
“We continue to play a vital role in providing welfare support and relief for our veterans who served in the RAF, and their families.
“I must also thank those who are not ex-service but just want to help by offering their assistance freely to manage our stalls, sometimes for a few hours, to raise funds throughout 2019.”
Branch Secretary, Steve Hoy, said: “I commend the business outlets that supported us so wonderfully this year, together with the splendid generosity of the residents from Whitehead right through to Glengormley -namely TESCO’s at Carrickfergus, Northcott Shopping Centre in Glengormley, shops in Kings Crescent and Abbots Cross Whiteabbey, Sainsbury’s in Carrickfergus, the Milestone on Middle Road, Topaz Petrol Station in Greenisland, the DeCourcey Centre and Eurospar in Victoria, and of course the many other smaller shops, pubs and clubs that support us throughout the year.
“Likewise, the schools and churches (including the Black Santa) who gave of their facilities so selflessly and generously to assist our welfare work; making it possible to £30,120. Thank you to the many who supported ‘The Few’ – as our Battle of Britain heroes were known.”