fly2help is supported Patrons who are passionate about the charity.

Our Patrons are high profile individuals who are as passionate about aviation as we are. They help raise the profile of fly2help by promoting the Charity and by attending our high profile fundraising events, such as our annual Gala Dinner.



Mandy Shepherd

Mandy Shepard

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.

Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller KBE


Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller joined the RAF in 1967 and initially completed a 2-year apprenticeship qualifying as an airframe fitter. He went on to become a pilot flying the Jet Provost, Hunter, Jaguar and Tornado. He held numerous staff appointments and attended advanced staff training at the Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich.

He served in operational command with NATO in Sarajevo, and later as the Air Component Commander for UK Forces in Afghanistan for which he was appointed CBE in 2002. He was promoted to air marshal and served as the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and was knighted in 2007.

After a career spanning some 40 years he retired from the RAF in January 2008 and now holds a commission as a flight lieutenant in the RAFVR(T). He is a Director of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, and is the Branch President of the Cheltenham Royal Air Forces Association, Vice-Patron of the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, Patron of the Central Flying School Association, Honorary President of the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Honorary President of the Gloucestershire Outward Bound Association, and Honorary President of 125 (Cheltenham) Squadron Air Training Corps. Finally, he is Patron of ‘fly2help’ based at Staverton, and is Patron and a volunteer skipper for ‘Turn to Starboard’, a sailing charity based in Falmouth supporting Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations

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.