THE DIRECTORS of an Arbroath firm have been accorded the prestigious accolade of Ambassadors of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
In 2011 the fund launched an initiative to broaden its support base with the ‘Formation of Friends’. A total of 14 Ambassadors were formally appointed to recognize their support given to the fund and two of those chosen are Berry Vissers and Gill Howie of Arbroath-based aviation art business Squadron Prints Ltd.
Last Wednesday Berry and Gill travelled to London to finally be presented with their Ambassador’s badges at a dinner in the RAF Club in Piccadilly. Gill was also given a bracelet in recognition of her support and Berry an Ambassador’s tie!
Royal Air Force personnel have provided decades of ongoing support for the work that the fund does but the RAF, like all other armed forces, is shrinking resulting in a reduction of income.
It was decided that there had to be encouragement in new and broader connections amongst those sympathetic to the work of the fund. That was where Berry and Gill came in as the endorsement that they give to the fund is considered a powerful tool to connect with new supporters from all walks of life.
Gill said: “We were honoured and humbled to be awarded our Ambassador’s badges and we will wear them with pride! We have some exciting plans ahead to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and are pleased to say that the Arbroath Herald will have more details on one of these projects next week.”