Lift off for ninth year as branch scoops award

Members of the Royal Air Force Association Brighouse and Rastrick branch have scooped a prestigious award for the ninth year running.

The group has been presented with the George Harper Trophy by the Northern Area Conference of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).

The award is given to the RAFA branch in the north of England for best collection per member.

During the year 2012, the 18 members helped collect a total of £4,800.

John Clarke, chairman of the Brighouse and Rastrick branch, said it is a testament to members and supporters that the group has collected the trophy again.

“To win the award for a ninth year on the trot, a big thank you must go to the people of Brighouse who have donated in supermarkets, garden centres and collection tins in shops,” said Mr Clarke.

“It is a great achievement as it gets harder each year and this year we are expecting the same. However are members will be out again soon and we will be having a stall at Brighouse Gala again.”

Money raised from collections help go towards the Royal Air Force Association’s Wings appeal.

The aim is to help continue the work of the association to ensure that no person who has served in the RAF on behalf of their country, or their dependants, faces poverty or loneliness in the future – as well as making a contribution to the welfare of current personnel serving on bases around this country and on operations abroad.

The Brighouse and Rastrick branch has been established in the town for many years and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.