Massive boost for RAF charity from Tornado squadron Centenary

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols collected funds raised primarily by XV Squadron
Air Marshal Christopher Nickols collected funds raised primarily by XV Squadron

THE LAST REMAINING Tornado Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth are expressing their delight this week after revealing that they had exceeded charity fundraising targets in their Centenary year.

XV(R) Squadron aimed to raise £15,000 through a series of challenges – including a sponsored golf marathon at the local course, ultra-marathons in the UK and the Falkland Islands and sales of a special malt whisky bottling.

That target was, however, smashed – with £20,000 having been raised on behalf of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Last week the Controller of the RAFBF, Air Marshal Christopher Nickols, visited the base to meet members of the Squadron who had taken part in the wide variety of events and to congratulate them on their magnificent efforts.

He viewed a display of images from the charitable efforts – and several articles published by insideMoray detailing the various events – before accepting cheques from the Squadron’s CO, Wing Commander Paul Froome and from Thales simulator staff, plus members of the Station Gymnasium who had also raised cash for the RAFBF.

Following the visit Wing Commander Froome said: “I am incredibly proud of the Whole Force XV(R) Squadron in raising such a significant amount for the RAF’s charity, the RAFBF.

“The target was a daunting one at the start of our 100th year but the team have worked amazingly hard to achieve our goal. The work the RAFBF does for our veterans and serving personnel alike is fantastic and this is just a small contribution to their work.”