ARBROATH business Squadron Prints Ltd., run by Gill Howie and Berry Vissers, has an ambitious plan – to raise £60,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and other charities.
They have been working on the production of a set of Jubilee Flypast Prints of which the first two are available now.
The first print shows the multi-element section, which closed the event on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle. The second print is the Diamond-Nine of Typhoons, which opened the event. A minimum of £10 from the sale of each print will be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund with the aim of raising £60,000 for the fund.
Other signed limited editions will become available throughout the summer signed by celebrities and aviators. Watch http://www.squadronprints.com and http://www.sixtygrand.com for further details.
This ambitious fund-raising effort got off to a flying start at the Arbroath Armed Forces Day parade where the sale of another print from the company, that of ‘Red Lichtie’, the Arbroath Spitfire, raised £275 at the event held in Victoria Park.
Gill and Berry are thrilled at the response. Forfar Company, Astute UK Ltd., has helped by producing the prints quickly and beautifully.
Gill explained: “In 2000 my dad was helped by the RAF Benevolent Fund and through that I have learned a lot more about the charity. I am forever indebted to them for making his life easier.”
Armed Forces ‘sweethearts’ Lorraine Kelly and Carol Vorderman were quick to show their support. Both are heavily involved with the Armed Forces and help to raise the profile of many charities.
Lorraine is a huge supporter of RAF Leuchars and especially its annual airshow and Carol is more especially involved with the soon to be unveiled Bomber Command Memorial. Both ladies were quick to dip into their purses and buy the first prints of each run.
Lorraine has already signed 60 prints and these are currently getting signed by the Leuchars Typhoon crews. Carol will be signing too along with personnel from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Other celebrities and famous aviators will be signing in due course.