RAF Bands’ concert salutes force’s unsung heroes

The presentation

The presentation

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MAY I thank all those who attended the recent Unsung Heroes’ concert performance by the Bands of the Royal Air Force at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.

The evening was a great success and helped support the valuable work of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

The charitable trust is the youngest of the three major RAF charities having been set up in 2005 to support a wide range of projects and initiatives that benefit RAF serving personnel and veterans; and young people, with an emphasis on the air cadets and youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds.

Since then, we have donated more than £1.7 million in grants to the worthiest of causes.

Those who attended our concert were invited to record the names of their own personal RAF Unsung Heroes in a special book of remembrance and I am pleased to say that many took up that opportunity.

The attached photograph shows members of the RAF band handing the book to Rev David Osborn, resident chaplain at St Clement Danes Church in London - the Central Church of the Royal Air Force - where it will be displayed.

On behalf of all my fellow trustees, I thank your readers for helping us to help others so much less fortunate than ourselves.

We very much hope to see them again at next year’s RAF in Concert, when we will be staging a Diamond Jubilee musical celebration in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

ACM SIR JOHN CHESHIRE KBE, CB, FRAeS

Chairman, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust