In commemoration of the centenary year of the RAF, the Lincolnshire Co-Op raised almost £70,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund last year. The scheme saw bake sales, raffles, sports days, forces themed products, football tournaments and more, take place in stores across the county to raise money for the cause.
Since the RAF’s foundation in 1919, the RAF Benevolent Fund has been in place to support the RAF Family. They are an independent charity and receive no regular Government funding meaning they rely entirely on outward support to continue their work.
As a truly local business, The Lincolnshire Co-Op believe in supporting the local community and the people within it. Because of this belief, they ensure to support local charities and good causes such as the RAF Benevolent Fund in their fundamental mission to be a successful co-operative.
The Corporate Fundraising Activity of the Year award recognises the generous fundraising contributions made by their corporate supporters each year, both in terms of time and creativity.
Lincolnshire, known by many as Bomber County, has a rich aviation heritage - with many RAF bases dotted across the county. The area’s flat geography has lent itself to runways and airstrips and is the current home to the RAF’s Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
On collecting their award, Sam Turner, Community Engagement Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “Almost everyone in Lincolnshire has a link to the RAF, so it seemed a natural fit to support the charity.
“As an organisation, our main purpose is about looking after our local communities and making a difference. We care deeply about our customers and about the wider community, so there was a really good synergy with the RAF Benevolent Fund.”
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Huge congratulations to the Lincolnshire Co-op for this well-deserved award.
By tirelessly showing their support and dedication, the Lincolnshire Co-op is helping us achieve both goals, and for that, I can’t begin to express our gratitude. From all of us here at the Fund – thank you.”
Find out more about the Lincolnshire Co-operative on the Visit Lincoln website.