RAF Halton Ladies go Homeless for Charity

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Jul 11th 2017
The ladies with Gp Capt James Brayshaw and Peter Butterworth, Community Fundraising Officer for the Charity

Ladies from RAF Halton who recently undertook a number of fundraising activities in aid of the charity Combat Stress have, together with Station Commander, Group Captain James Brayshaw, presented a cheque for £7216.45 to Peter Butterworth, Community Fundraising Officer for the Charity.

Led by the event organiser, Jan Holdsworth, they amassed the donations with events across Station including a Raffle and Bingo night at the Trinity Community Centre (TCC), a ‘onesie’ day where the ladies had to raise a minimum amount to wear their ‘onesie’ for the day.  A cupcake floral arrangement was auctioned off for the charity, a Pamper and Indulgence night, and a Krispy Kreme sale also took place. Their endeavours culminated in them experiencing being homeless by spending 24 hours at the TCC sleeping outside on makeshift beds without access to food.

RAF Honington and RAF Brize Norton also raised money by running similar events in parallel.

Peter Butterworth, said: “Voluntary income is the main source of the Combat Stress Charity’s funding, which topped £7.5 million in the last financial year. More than 6,000 veterans are registered with us for support and over the past five years we have had almost 10,000 referrals with the helpline being contacted over 9500 times. We are grateful for every pound you have donated, every penny of which will be spent in three areas:  83p is spent on veteran treatment and support, 15p is spent on fundraising and 2p is spent on raising awareness and improving access.”

Find out more about how you can help the Combat Stress charity at combatstress.org.uk.

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