Patrons

Joy Lofthouse

Joy Lofthouse

Joy Lofthouse

Joy Lofthouse

Joy was one of the first female pilots to fly a Spitfire during World War II as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary. She learned to fly before she learned to drive. Her continued passion for aviation will be of huge benefit to the fly2help team as one of our Patrons.

Joy Lofthouse Young

 

Mandy Shepard

Mandy Shepherd

Mandy Shepard

Mandy Shepherd

Mandy is an artist whose work is known for its remarkable attention to detail. Traditionally a painter of wildlife, Mandy has recently moved into the world of aviation art and has frequently been commissioned by the Armed Forces to capture a variety of military activities. Mandy has most generously supported fly2help since early 2009 having donated a number of incredible and unique paintings for our fundraising events.

Gleen Torpy

Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy

Gleen Torpy

Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy

Sir Glenn joined the Royal Air Force in 1974 after gaining a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London. He has had a distinguished career, flying the Jaguar, Hawk and Tornado aircraft in reconnaissance and attack roles, holding command in Germany and senior operational roles in Iraq, Kosovo, Oman and Afghanistan.  During his flying career, Sir Glenn has amassed some 4300 hours of fast-jet flying, predominately on Jaguar, Hawk and Tornado, but also on Typhoon. He became Chief of the Air Staff in 2006 and retired from the Royal Air Force in 2009.

Geoffrey Wellum

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

Geoffrey Wellum

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

In August 1939, aged just eighteen, Geoffrey signed up with the Royal Air Force, just a few weeks before the war was declared. He saw extensive action as a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain and 50 years later became the author of 'First Light' - an evocative and completely absorbing memoir of his experiences as a fighter pilot. Geoffrey will be an inspiration to all who come through our doors.

WP4A - Geoffrey Wellum

Volunteers

Our Volunteers

fly2help is supported by many, many volunteers who give their time, energy and skills to help us share the power of flight with those who could benefit. They fly planes, look after families, bake cakes, design logos, host visits, take photographs, drive cars, dress up and run our airshow stands.  Some give a lot of time, others just one day. We simply could not do all we do without them and thank them from the bottom of our hearts, particularly …

Judy Allen, John Baker, Richy Baldwin, David and Christine Batcock, Steve Bettis, Pete Buckenham, Renee Buttenshaw, Marc Convery, Kim Davenport, Steven Day, David Depledge, David Dunn, Simon Eddison, Mark Farmer, Julie Garside, Katie Giles, Jim Gosling, Richard Griffin, David Jones, Megan Jones, Graham Kehily, Mark Knight, Les Latchem, Sam Legge, Darren Lewington, Mark Lindsay, Siobhan Litherland, Marcia Mercier, Paul Morton, Colin Norwood, Tom O’Dell, Jamie O’Dell, Emily O’Dell, Martine Olds, Mandy Pantall, Debs Pearson, Craig Penrice, Scott Pike, Jack Prendergast, Jacqui Rhodes, John Richardson, Mike Rivett, Andrew Sallis, Andrew Smith, Glenn Stanley, Dawn Stokes, Wendy Stone, Anna Tempest, Derek Viner, Alex Walsh, Mark Watkins, Helen Watson, Samantha Williams, Joanna Willis, Jackie Willis-Croft, Keith Wilson, Phil Wiltshire
and Phil Woods.

And thank you to Catherine and her colleagues at Airbus; the Austin Healey South West enthusiasts club; Joe at the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill; Matt, Jenny and Tim at the Boultbee Spitfire Academy; Bournemouth Aviation Museum; the Britannia Aircraft Museum team; the Operations Team at Cotswold Airport; Charlie, Vicky, Martin and the team in the C2 Hangar at Cotswold Airport; Rob Wildeboer at Goodwood; the Jet Age Museum at Gloucestershire Airport and the Operations Teams,
Air Traffic Control and Fire Crew at all the airports that support us.