Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright, the Controller of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, will be visiting Marshall of Cambridge this Friday (28 September) to receive a cheque for £22,044.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Of this total, £6,500 was the proceeds from the collection taken at the Thanksgiving Service for Sir Arthur Marshall in No 17 Hangar on Saturday 19 May, as well as donations in lieu of flowers to his memory at his funeral in March.
A dinner held at Marshall of Cambridge on 7 June 2007 - organised by Mr Chris Lavender of Marshall Leasing, in conjunction with Air Commodore Gordon Moulds, the Commandant of the Air Cadets - raised £15,544. This fundraising dinner took the form of a Quiz Night which was hosted by TV star Jeremy Beadle.
Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund said, ‘Sir Arthur Marshall and indeed the whole Marshall Family Business have been wonderful supporters of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for many years. This commitment coupled with the generous financial donations make a real difference to the quality of life of an RAF family member in need or distress, be they serving or retired’.
Mr Michael Marshall said, ‘Both the Family and the Company are delighted to help support this very important Royal Air Force charity which does so much to help retired and serving Royal Air Force members and their families’.
Details of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund can be found on their website www.rafbf.org
Following his retirement the Chairman of Marshall of Cambridge, Sir Arthur Marshall was invited to join the RAF Benevolent Fundraising Committee to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Mr Chris Lavender has been involved with fundraising for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for over 12 years and has been associated with raising over £500,000 for the RAFBF and around the same amount for other charities during this time.
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