Wings Appeal raises £8,000 in Lisburn

Mayor Thomas Beckett, with Stuart Sturdy, president of the RAF Association, and Philip Price, chairman, makes a donation to the Wings Appeal during a reception at the civic centre both to launch the 2015 Wings Appeal and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. US1534-501cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Mayor Thomas Beckett, with Stuart Sturdy, president of the RAF Association, and Philip Price, chairman, makes a donation to the Wings Appeal during a reception at the civic centre both to launch the 2015 Wings Appeal and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. US1534-501cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

This year, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Lisburn branch of the Royal Air Force Association, has announced that its local collection raised a total of £8,000.

A branch statement said: “When Winston Churchill spoke of the Battle of Britain, in which 50,000 airmen lost their lives in defence of our country, he said, ‘Never have so many owed so much to so few.’

“To misquote him, we would say, regarding our fund-raising event, ‘Never have so few (collectors) owed so much to so many (donors).’

“In order for RAFA to continue its welfare work, our annual ‘Wings Week’ is carried out throughout the whole United Kingdom in September of each year.

“The money raised enables our organisation to provide various forms of help to those in need who are presently or once were members of the Royal Air Force.

“Whilst veterans of the First and Second World Wars have almost disappeared, the suffering of many of those who served in later areas of conflict has not disappeared.

“Despite the public discouragement with the recent disrepute of certain charities, we are delighted with the response toward us by the populace of Lisburn.

“Apart from all those people who dropped money in our boxes, we are indebted to a number of sources who help us year upon year.

“There are those traders who make their premises available, several churches, a considerable number of local schools, the air cadets who man the streets of our city and of course each succeeding city mayor who obliges by kicking off our campaign before its commencement.

“Finally, a big vote of gratitude to our dwindling band of branch members who, regardless of age and infirmity, tirelessly work the various venues greeting the public with a smile and a ‘thank-you.’

“Without these stalwarts, our appeal could not be undertaken.

“We thank each and every one who contributed in any way to our 2015 endeavour and anticipate an equally successful performance in September 2016.”