Last year’s Battle of Britain commemorations helped enormously to boost public awareness of our Wings collections and our final income reflected that.  This year, we have experienced a considerable but not unexpected drop. The total will be approximately £3,500.

As usual, the greatest proportion of our collection comes from the main stores in our area which this year included Morrison’s, Asda, Tesco and our local Co-Ops.  We are always grateful for their interest and help.

We are also fortunate to retain the support of RAF Shawbury, several local independent businesses and local events whose combined tin collections amounted to approximately 15% of this year’s total. Such contributions are becoming increasingly important as some major stores have changed the way they allocate collection time to charities and we have found ourselves with even fewer collecting opportunities than in previous years.

As with most RAFA branches countrywide, we are experiencing the sad loss or infirmity of many members whose active support we have come to rely on. This has been particularly noticeable this year. However, several members of the branch committee have, again, given generous time to volunteer as collectors and without their support, we would have been unable to fill even the reduced number of slots given to us.  The branch is applying to HQ’s scheme to raise volunteers from without and we look forward to this development in the hope of filling and possibly extending future collecting opportunities.  

November 2016

Alex Madely