Local aviation charity fly2help enjoys a double celebration
fly2help, the aviation charity based at Gloucestershire Airport, has recently appointed a new Patron, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller KBE and received a generous boost to its funds from a local business.
Sir Dusty enjoyed a career in the RAF that spanned over 40 years, flying iconic aircraft such as the Jet Provost, Hunter, Jaguar and Tornado. He was promoted to air marshal while serving as the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and knighted in 2007.
Sir Dusty said: ‘The invitation to be Patron of this outstanding charity was impossible to refuse. I am proud to be part of the fly2help team, having witnessed at first hand the enthusiasm, dedication and passion of the staff and volunteers who deliver the Air Smiles and Aim High programmes, and heard at first hand about the immense and enduring value it delivers to its beneficiaries.
fly2help is delighted that Sir Dusty has joined the charity and believes his passion for all things aviation related will inspire the charity as it seeks to use the power and wonder of flight to overcome adversity and inspire the next generation of aviators.
One of Sir Dusty’s first duties as Patron was to welcome a representative from Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing Ltd, based at Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. Ontic visited Gloucestershire Airport to present a cheque to fly2help from their parent company BBA Aviation’s Charitable Giving Programme.
Ontic’s President, Gareth Hall said ‘At Ontic we have a very strong Corporate Responsibility culture which we are all very proud of. Fly2help is a great local charity which we are delighted to donate to. We recently completed the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for this worthy cause; the sense of team spirt and achievement was fantastic – even if there were a few sore knees and feet at the end. We raised over £3K during this event all of which we gave to fly2help
This grant will be used by fly2help across its charitable programmes, to provide Air Smiles Days to local families as they face difficult challenges, and to support fly2help’s Aim High Education programme which opens the door on the world of aviation to youngsters, offering career advice and guidance.