Advertiser letters: Thanks from RAF100 and MIND shops appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 December 2018

The RAF 100th anniversary flypast earlier this year. Picture: KEN MEARS

The RAF 100th anniversary flypast earlier this year. Picture: KEN MEARS


Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Thanks for your support

Simon Collins, chairman, RAF100 Appeal, writes:

As a year of celebrations and commemorative events to mark the Royal Air Force’s centenary comes to a close, here at the RAF100 Appeal we have taken stock of the incredible public and corporate support which has sent our campaign soaring to new heights.

Very few British people can look back at their family history over

the past 100 years and find themselves untouched by the courage and achievements of the men and women who served – and continue to serve – in our Royal Air Force.

This year has been a truly momentous occasion.

The July 10 parade and flypast attracted widespread and positive national and international coverage, providing the public with the opportunity to engage with RAF100 and show their support.

Thanks to the generous support of the general public who donated, the fundraisers who took on a range of fantastic challenges – from 100-mile hikes to tandem jumps to super marathons – and to our corporate partners, the Appeal has raised over £3million to date.

These vital funds will ensure all members of the RAF Family, past, present and future, are honoured, supported and inspired.

Support charity shops

Andrew Vale, director of Mind Retail, writes:

Our shops rely on the generosity of the community, which is why in the lead up to Christmas, we are asking residents to give what they can to their local Mind shop.

I am calling on readers to donate their previously loved items such as; winter coats, jumpers, hats, and scarfs. New books are welcome too and will make great Christmas gifts.

The average bag of items donated to Mind’s shops is worth around £30. £30 that will help to fund the charity’s vital work, such as our confidential Infoline, which provides information and advice, and the campaigning work we do to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.

For some people with mental health problems the Christmas period can be a particularly difficult time. I urge readers to donate what they no longer need so we can be there for people.

With your support, we can help secure a better life for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. For you nearest shop go to

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