Armed Forces Day


The aim of Wings Appeal is to support members of the Royal Air Force (RAF) past, present and future by raising funds that are then forwarded to the RAFA Headquarters for the welfare fund.

We are currently supporting members of the RAF currently serving abroad, for example: Afghanistan.  We also receive 20% of the collections carried out by members of RAFA 381 for our own Welfare Fund.

During 2012/13 the RAFA 381 fundraising team raised £23,500 for Wings Appeal.

Fundraising can be by several methods:

• Shop and street collections

• Summer fetes

• Goodwood Revival

• Events, such as a film show, barn dance, raffles etc

• Road Shows

We work closely with RAFA Headquarters in some instances.  They will send their Mobile Exhibition Trailer (MET) to shows, which are quite often covered by their team of fundraisers.We have a number of merchandise items to sell at shows and fetes, which include: badges; teddies; fridge magnets and tea towels.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Collection Team contact Marion Mewett.

Marion Mewett, Wings Appeal Organiser 



We received a healthy cheque from the Mayor’s Charity at the beginning of June which reflects our extensive input to his activities during his year in office, which has been a good boost to this year’s total. Armed Forces Day was a great success both with our Appeal but also with raising the Branch profile within the Community. A huge thank you to all who helped on the day with the preparation beforehand and the tedious clearing up afterwards.

Thank you

Marion Mewett, Hon Wings Appeal Officer



Ron Flatt, Les Delamare, Hilly Ayton and Chris Ayton collecting for Wings in the Spitfire Cafe at the Goodwood Revival on the weekend of September 11th, 12th, 13th 2014.



Sponsored by Kevin Holland Funeral Services, this event held on Sunday 17th August raised just over £520 for the ‘Wings’ Appeal. RAFA Bowls Section welcomed 20 Teams to the Club on a sunny afternoon, and following a ‘spider’, four games were played on a ’round robin’ basis.

We thank our sponsors who provided the individual trophies for the Winners, RAFA Lollipops, Shirley Kitchen Kate Hopkins and Janet Fulbrook, and Runners Up, ‘SID’, a Team from Crablands, Ivan and Sheila Jones, and Derek Adams. We would also like to thank everyone who was involved on the day and contributed to the success of the event. 

Armed Forces Day

Selection of photos from our successful Armed Forces Day.