As a year of celebrations and commemorative events to mark the Royal Air Force's centenary comes to a close, here at the RAF100 Appeal we have taken stock of the incredible public and corporate support that has sent our campaign soaring to new heights.
Very few British people can look back at their family history over the past 100 years and find themselves untouched by the courage, capability and achievements of the men and women who served – and continue to serve – in our Royal Air Force.
This year has been a truly momentous occasion.
The July 10 Parade and Flypast attracted widespread and positive national and international coverage, providing the public with the opportunity to engage with RAF100 and show their support for the service.
Through RAF100 Inspire, more than 1.6 million children were reached through the RAF’s educational initiatives.
More than 165,000 visitors were able to engage with the RAF through the static Aircraft Tour, which visited six different UK venues.
And an innovative approach to engagement brought the RAF into contact with the British public through sport, education and digital media.
Thanks to the generous support of the general public who donated, the fundraisers who took on a range of fantastic challenges – from 100-mile hikes to tandem jumps to super marathons – and to our corporate partners, the appeal has raised more than £3million to date.
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These vital funds will enable the Royal Air Force, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Association, RAF Charitable Trust and RAF Museum to ensure all members of the RAF family – past, present and future – are honoured, supported and inspired.
A special thank you to our headline sponsors – Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, Fujitsu and Marks & Spencer – for their support throughout the year.
The RAF’s centenary has provided an opportunity to share the legacy of all the brave airmen and women who have, and continue to, serve their country.
The British public have answered our call and their generosity will allow these five organisations to inspire and support for the next 100 years.
Chairman of the RAF100 Appeal