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fly2help Charity Golf Day

18th September 2013 saw the 5th annual fly2help/Red Arrows/BBMF/Rolls-Royce golf day at the Kendleshire Golf Club, Bristol.

19 teams of golfers took to the fairways to enjoy a good day's golf and raise money for fly2help, the brainchild charity of Rolls-Royce Chief Test Pilot Phill O'Dell.


fly2help Scholarship Student Gains Royal Naval Commission

Scholar Sam Jacques & instructor Bob HopperFormer fly2help scholarship student Sam Jacques has achieved his ambition of joining the Royal Navy. He has been tackling the application process to be an Officer within the Royal Navy for 3 years and after a number of initial eligibility checks, finally had the opportunity to attend the Officer Admiralty Interview Board at HMS Sultan last week.     Read more...

fly2help Releases New Strategic Plan

fly2help has released its Strategic Plan for the next three years, outlining its targets for expanding across the UK.

Download the Strategic Plan (2.2 MB PDF file)

PowderPuff Fly-in at Gloucestershire Airport - 28th September

Carol Vorderman meets DouglasGloucestershire Airport, Staverton, have been working hard all year raising funds for fly2help. On 28th September they hosted the PowderPuff fly-in, celebrating women in aviation. Our mascot Douglas Bear had the honour of meeting Carol Vorderman who is currently learning to fly ahead of her plans to become the fastest ever person to progress from first solo flight to global solo flight within approximately 18 months. Good luck Carol.

Supper Club at Farnborough - 26th September

The Supper Club picked fly2help as their chosen charity for their networking dinner in September held at the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough. The dinner was attended by our CEO Felicia Willow and one of our beneficiary mums, Mandy Chainey who captivated the audience with the story of her son Brett's Air Smiles Day. An auction and raffle raised £5,000, which included a limited edition print of David Bent's 'Out of this World' signed by The Red Arrows and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton; a limited edition print of Geoffrey Wellum's Spitfire signed by the artist Mandy Shepherd and Geoffrey Wellum; and also a unique Irvin Jacket from Air Ministry Clothing, which included Geoffrey Wellum's squadron badge and signature.

The Air Ministry will shortly be releasing a limited edition Irvin Jacket and donating a percentage of each sale to fly2help. Our thanks to Rick Mayall and Steve Pidcock from The Air Ministry for their generosity and to Brendan Lodge at Jet Brokers, David & Carol Bent and Mandy Shepherd for their continued support.

Out of this WorldspacerGeoffrey Wellum's SpitfirespacerIrvin Jacket

Harrie Completes the Belfast Half Marathon for fly2help

Scholarship Class of 2011One of our ex scholarship students Harriet Siebenaller has shown her support for fly2help by successfully completed the first Belfast half marathon. Harrie is currently studying History at Queens University Belfast and is setting her sights on a military career as a helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps. Her fundraising page is still open for anyone wishing to show their support of this magnificent achievement and help fund some Air Smiles Days. Well done Harrie.     Visit Harrie's mydonate page

Cotswold Airport Fly-inCotswold Airport Fly-in - 14th/15th September

Cotswold Airport held their 2nd fly-in of the year, which although dampened by the weather, was still a great fundraising success. A massive thank you to the amazing Cotswold Airport Events team and all our volunteers who did a fantastic job.

Biggin Hill ExpoExpo at Biggin Hill - 11th/12th September

fly2help attended the 2013 Business Aircraft Europe Expo at Biggin Hill, which gave us an amazing opportunity to network with leading aviation operators. The event was attended by over 800 industry professionals and also included a party in the Rizon Jet hangar, complete with a spectacular Spitfire display.

Our thanks to everyone who pledged their support to fly2help during the event.

Endurance-Steve McQueen in the Porsche 917kGregory Percival Sculpture to be Auctioned at Bonhams in September

One of fly2help's star artist supporters, Gregory Percival, has had a piece listed with Bonhams for the upcoming auction at Goodwood Revival in mid-September. Gregory is very kindly donating fifty percent of the proceeds to fly2help.     Read more...

Dusk to Dawn FlightDawn to Dusk Flight in Aid of fly2help

fly2help supporters John Baker and Tom Thomas are embarking on a Dawn till Dusk flight challenge to raise funds and awareness for fly2help.


Gloucestershire Airport announces fly2help Charity of the Year

Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton has announced that they will be supporting Cirencester based charity fly2help as their Charity of the Year. fly2help support families and individuals facing a wide range of trauma or tragedy by giving them the opportunity to experience the liberation and freedom of flight at an Air Smiles Day.     Read more...


New painting by David Bent to launch at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2013

fly2help supporter David Bent has created a new painting titled "Out of this World" and donating one of only two prints to help raise funds for fly2help.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC LLD(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF and the Red Arrows will be taking part in the launch of "Out of this World" at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) July 2013.     Read more...

Display Teams Supporting fly2help in 2013

fly2help are delighted to have support from iconic display teams such as the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Typhoon Team and the RV8TORS.

If you would like to follow their display schedule, check out the following links.

2013 Gala Dinner at the RAF Club2013 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.

Ian Walkley with Dawn and TerrySpecial Air Smiles Day Visitor

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

The fly2help team at TwynningOn 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)

Our London Marathon RunnersThis year's London Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st April. fly2help supporters Graham Kehily and Marc Bolwell are undertaking this massive challenge to raise money for fly2help.

You can give your support at their 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

Douglas BearWe 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.

Felicia Willowfly2help Welcomes New CEO

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."

Rolls Royce Apprentice Association members with Helen TempestRolls Royce Raises Funds for fly2help

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.

Mini Douglas Bear with display pilot James 'Noz' NorrisBaby Douglas Joins the RAF Typhoon Display Team

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.

Chris HadlowChris Conquers Mt Kilimanjaro

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:


See pictures from Chris's Mt Kilimanjaro challenge

RAF Typhoon Display James NorrisRAF 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 !!!!!!

Lady Delia Thorntonfly2help 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

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