Benson Raises Funds for Comic Relief

Personnel from across RAF Benson took on challenges to raise funds for this year’s Comic Relief campaign.

On 9th March, more than a dozen aircrew and engineers from 230 Sqn travelled to Wallingford Railway Station to pull ‘Ivor’ the Engine for 50 metres. Ivor, a 20-tonne Peckett steam locomotive, was combined with a carriage to create an approximately 40-tonne train for the team to pull. Spurred on by the Mayor of Wallingford, Cllr Roz Lester, the team raised over £800.

On 11th March, individuals from PSF braved the cold on the airfield to pull a Merlin helicopter for 100 metres. The team, who are responsible for all human resources administration for over 1900 personnel based at RAF Benson, combined their efforts and have so far managed to raise in excess of £300.

On Comic Relief day, 15th March a whole host of activities took place. The Catering Flight personnel held a Big Breakfast in the Junior Ranks’ Mess, making use of their skills in the kitchen to provide personnel with a ‘Big Breakfast Bap’ as well as specially made Comic Relief Cakes.

Used to scrubbing up for medical examinations, the staff from the Medical Centre took a brief respite from normal duties to ‘scrub up’ in a different way – travelling across the Station washing vehicles. Their efforts saw another £100 secured for the charity’s total.

Not to be outdone by their parents, children at the Old Station Nursery on base joined in the fun by wearing fancy dress for the day. In a whole host of weird and wonderful outfits, worn by both the children and the staff, they enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities in the nursery and managed to raise over £100.

RAF Benson’s Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Nigel Colman, was extremely proud of the efforts that were made in support of such a worthwhile cause. He said, “It’s wonderful to see such a fantastic effort being made by personnel across the Station, and our children, to raise money for Comic Relief. Whilst we take our day jobs very seriously indeed, it’s great that we can maintain our vital operational outputs whilst having a little fun for a good cause.”

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