News - 2013
2013 Gala Dinner at the RAF Club
This year's Gala Dinner celebrated 75 years of Spitfire Flight Training and took place on Wednesday 1st May at the RAF Club in London, in conjunction with the Boultbee Flight Academy and Monty's Messenger. Read more...
fly2help was pleased to host Mr Ian Walkley, Chairman of Dursley Round Table, who came along to observe an Air Smiles Day in action following a very generous donation to the charity by the Round Table members. Ian accompanied Dawn Hadlow, Air Smiles Event Manager, and fly2help volunteer Terry on the day.
fly2help join the National Drive It Day at Twynning
On Sunday 21st April, the Austin-Healey Club South Western and the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Cotswold Section met at the Green at Twyning to celebrate National Drive it Day. National Drive it Day encourages owners of yesteryear's automobiles to drive on the roads to demonstrate how many wonderful vehicles are still on the road today. Read more...
Graham and Marc Go the Extra Mile (or 26.219 miles)
You can give your support at their uk.virginmoneygiving.com fundraising page.
If you can't get to London then keep an eye out on the telly for their distinctive orange and blue running gear.
Douglas is back in the UK
We are delighted to welcome our mascot Douglas Bear back to the UK . Following his winter break in Canada with his family, Douglas and is now back with us and looking forward to catching up with all his friends and to meeting lots of new friends this summer. We have kitted him out with one of our new fly2help polo-shirts and he has already been busy helping the fly2help marathon runners in their last minute preparations.
You can catch up with Douglas's adventures and download some colouring and games on his FUN page.
2013 Aviation Scholarship – Successful Students Announced
Cotswold Airport in association with fly2help would like to thank everyone that applied for the 2013 Aviation Scholarship, this year we received a record number of applications.
Interviews have now taken place and congratulations to the following successful candidates: Ella Brisland, Samuel Clark, Hayley Collis, Martin Harrison, Matthew Hunt, Jack Ingleby, Thomas Jeal, Alice Newton, Brenna Price-Walker and Rebecca Scarrow.
We look forward to welcoming them to this year's Scholarship, taking place over the Easter Holiday (25th March – 5th April 2013). Read more about the Scholarships...
We are delighted to welcome Felicia Willow as our new CEO. Felicia has taken over from Chris Hadlow, who stepped down at the end of January to concentrate on an exciting new flying job.
Felicia has a wealth of experience working within the charity sector and is also a Human Rights Lawyer.
Chris said "During my three years as fly2help's CEO we saw the charity flourish and achieve full national status. Taking on a full time CEO means that fly2help will continue to expand, Felicia has the experience and natural enthusiasm to take fly2help forwards and I wish her the very best. As soon as I am settled into my new job I will be joining the board of Trustees to ensure that the team has my continued support."
The Rolls Royce Apprentice Association has been working hard all year on a variety of fundraising projects. fly2help was one of their chosen charities for 2012 and received a cheque for £2,600 which will go towards creating Air Smiles Days. Our thanks to Rolls Royce and their Apprentice Association for their support.
fly2help's mini mascot, baby Douglas Bear, spent the day at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire with the RAF Typhoon Display Team as they started preparations for the 2013 display season. This mini Douglas Bear will spend the season with the team and might even get to fly in the aircraft – lucky bear.
We've just heard that our intrepid CEO, Chris Hadlow has been successful in his bid to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Chris reached the summit today at 5.15am UK time and said it was the most physically challenging thing he's ever done. Climbing to 19341 ft, he's done the equivalent of two Ben Nevis in 24 hrs.
Chris is raising money for fly2help's Air Smiles Days and welcomes donations at: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hadders
WELL DONE CHRIS
RAF Typhoon Display Team to Support fly2help
fly2help are absolutely delighted to announce that the RAF Typhoon Display Team have chosen them as a nominated charity for 2013.
Display pilot James 'Noz' Norris will be displaying the RAF Typhoon at Air Shows this year and together with his support team, will be leading a programme of fundraising activities. All the money we receive will go towards creating Air Smiles Days for fly2help beneficiaries, turning ordinary days into extraordinary adventures – for those who need it most.
I think Douglas will want to sit in the aircraft !!!!!!
fly2help Welcomes New Trustee
fly2help are delighted to welcome Lady Delia Thornton to the Board of Trustees. Delia is a practicing Family Law Barrister and formerly served in the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant Midwife and Aeromedical Evacuation Nursing Officer. Helping fly2help will combine her passion for aviation and her professional role, looking after the interests of families and also children in times of adversity. Read Lady Delia's profile