A ceramic poppy from the Tower of London and an Olympic service coin presented by the Prime Minister were among items sold in a charity auction at Rumours on Sunday.
The Grantham bar hosted the event organised by the charity ‘Band of Brothers’, who provide support and financial assistance to former and current members of the RAF.
Owner of Rumours Dean Ward helps organise events for the charity alongside Dave Pascoe, a police officer with Lancashire Constabulary and former RAF serviceman.
The pair decided that for Christmas the charity would raise money to buy presents for children in four hospital wards around the country that have cared for kids of RAF personnel, including Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
The event on Sunday attended by more than 100 members of the RAF and their supporters raised £1000 to buy the Christmas gifts, and the charity hope that the supermarket they plan to buy them from will also add to the total.
Among the charity lots was a ceramic poppy bought from the Tower of London’s First World War commemorative installation, which raised £230 in a matter of minutes.
This was donated for the auction by Dean, while Dave also gave up a prized possession in order to raise funds - the coin he received for being part of the security team at London 2012.
Dave said: “If it raises money for the charity it’s worth it. We are there to support members of the RAF who are down on their luck, or need financial or moral support, whether they served back in the 50s or are still serving.”
The Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby was also at the event, along with local celebrity Richard “Nooky” Nauyokas from TV series Bad Lads’ Army.