Moray fundraisers delighted to be ‘mentioned in despatches’

Debbie Hunter, RAFBF’s regional director, is flanked by Karen Cox and Pauline Evans

The incredible efforts being made in Moray to raise funding for RAF veterans has been acknowledged at a national awards ceremony in London.

And while not coming out top this time around at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s annual awards simply being “mentioned in despatches” was thrilling enough for the Lossiemouth-based team of fundraisers.

The Moray fundraisers were nominated as one of the top teams in the UK while tireless leader Karen Cox was also up for the “Above and Beyond” award, which goes to the person deemed to have done more than any other for the charity over the last year.

Karen was joined at the Lockheed Martin UK sponsored awards ceremony by fellow Moray team member Pauline Evans. Karen said: “I was aware that Team RAFBF Lossiemouth had been nominated for the overall award but it came as an absolute surprise to learn on the evening that I had also received a personal nomination.

“It was very humbling to even be mentioned amongst so many wonderful people from throughout the country who have worked tirelessly for the RAFBF. My huge congratulations went to 7 Squadron, RAF Police who won the team award and in particular to Kev and Amie Ogilvie who were so deserving in winning the Above and Beyond award.

“We are all just delighted that our efforts have been acknowledged – but that only fires us up to redoubling our efforts on behalf of the RAF family in Moray and throughout the country.”

TeamRAFBF Lossiemouth are still looking for volunteers to take part in their major spring fundraising challenge next month. “Cairngorm to Coast” is a 66-mile sponsored hike and bike challenge starting out in the Cairngorms and ending at RAF Lossiemouth on May 23 and 24.

The challenge is being backed by Windswept Brewery, Outfit Moray and Dallas Designs – further information can be found on the TeamRAFBF Lossiemouth website.

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