Engineers and aircrew from 845 Naval Air Squadron have raised £625 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund. In a presentation at RNAS Yeovilton, the cheque was handed to Clare Scherer, the Assistant Director of the Children’s Fund.
The Children’s Fund was set up over 100 years ago, starting as orphanages, and now supports over 2000 children a year with needs ranging from bereavement to illness and disabilities. The Fund provides specialist equipment, respite care and an emergency grant scheme for children of RN personnel.
Clare Scherer explained, “Every penny raised makes a real difference to the lives of the children who have a parent who has been fighting for their country and supporting us and all the money raised goes direct to the children because our investments cover all admin costs.
Thank you so much to Larry Lambert and the whole squadron for raising this money for us, we are very grateful for their support.”
The Squadron held it’s Christmas party just prior to departing on leave for the festive period. During the event a raffle was held in order to raise money for the Children’s Fund, with prizes donated from generous companies across the country.
Having recently returned from Afghanistan, and other deployments around the world, this was the first Christmas for eleven years that 845 NAS had not been deployed on operational commitments. For those who had just returned from overseas, the Christmas party was a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and return to normal life.
Presenting the cheque to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, CPO ‘Larry’ Lambert said,
“The party presented the ideal opportunity to raise money for the, often over looked, little members of the Royal Navy. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all. I am very grateful to all the companies that very kindly donated the fantastic prizes, and would like to thank all members of the Squadron for their generous donations to this worthy cause.”
845 NAS will be departing RNAS Yeovilton later this year to begin their transition to the Merlin helicopter at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The Squadron will return to Yeovilton in 2016 when all three Commando Helicopter Force Squadrons will be reunited in one location.