Coffee morning held in Grantham raises funds for Wings Appeal

Wings Appeal coffee morning EMN-160818-095348001
Wings Appeal coffee morning EMN-160818-095348001

On Wednesday, Harlaxton Bowls Club, The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Grantham Branch and The Ladies Probus Club of Grantham joined together to hold a ‘Brew for the Few’ coffee morning.

This is the first time a ‘Brew for the Few’ has been held in Grantham, a national activity that helps to raise funds for the Wings Appeal and awareness of RAFA, the charity that supports the RAF family.

Wings Appeal coffee morning EMN-160818-095359001

Wings Appeal coffee morning EMN-160818-095359001

The suggestion to hold this event and ‘leading light’ was all down to Pat Owen who belongs to both RAFA and Grantham Ladies Probus.

Chairman of Grantham RAFA, Grp Capt Don Hiller (retd) arrived on the day to set up his Wings Appeal stall, which raises money to help RAF veterans and their dependants and also injured serving airmen and women. Don’s stall can be found at Sainsbury’s in Grantham on RAFA Wings Appeal collecting days.

On the day, Don arranged for a member of staff from the RAFA Eastern Area to attend with a marquee that was used to provide a grand entrance to the hall and more RAFA Wings goodies for sale, all income of which was added to RAFA Grantham’s fundraising appeal.

A competition, ‘Name the RAFA Teddy Bear’ was won on the day by Jess Nix. Many guests also won something in the raffle with first prize - a large bright red pelargonium being won by Joan Ives Brown of Ladies Probus.

Pat Owen, who also belongs to Harlaxton Friendship Club, invited some members from that group to attend on the day, as did a few members who belong to Cain and Able Club of Barrowby.

Maggie Pritchard, secretary of the Ladies Probus Club of Grantham said: “Judging by the noise of chattering and smiling faces, everyone present enjoyed themselves.”

A total of 28 people attended the coffee morning and a grand total of £258.52 was raised for Grantham Wings Appeal.

To find out more about the appeal visit https://www.rafa.org.uk/get-involved/wings-appeal/