RAF Marham Provide Boost to this Year’s Poppy Appeal

It was always going to be tough to top the £3,000 collected by Marham’s servicemen and women at Norwich City’s premiership match against Stoke City, but the post-remembrance count-up following RAF Marham’s week of on-base fundraising efforts were rewarded with a further £3,300 to add to this year’s Norfolk Poppy Appeal!

The Poppy Week events started with Sgt Pete Morano’s special Cinema Club screening of the Disney Pixar film ‘Valiant’ and was followed on Monday evening with the complete series of Blackadder Goes Forth. Once again, Sgt Dave Richards and his team of volunteers carried out a gate collection and the weight of his buckets at the end of Monday provided an early indication that Station personnel were keen, as always, to support the Poppy Appeal.

On Tuesday, Deborah Speers and her team hosted members of the Norfolk Royal British Legion who delivered a presentation on the wide range of services provided by the charity, focussing on the stories and experiences of some of those who have benefited from the Legion’s help.

On Wednesday, in addition to a special ISS sponsored Poppy Lunch menu that included stew and dumplings; freshly baked lemon and poppy seed muffins and orange and poppy seed biscuits were sold around Station all week thanks to the efforts of Cpl Paul Baines and SAC Louise Lyon from Catering Flight.

Then, on Thursday afternoon, teams from across Station battled it out on the astro-turf in a special Royal British Legion sponsored 5-a-side tournament. With the support of the officials and players from Marham’s footballing community, Flt Lt Tony Clayton and Sgt Ian Bateson directed the leagues of 12 teams to a final that saw a combined TIW/C4I team win the Royal British Legion Cup and the team from Supply take the Legion Plate.

Friday provided a final flurry of fundraising support that included a non-uniform day, a grand raffle draw and a Fun Run. A no-fly day on Station provided the perfect opportunity for Cpl Adam Walster and Cpl Paula Temple to hold the fun run on a 4.1 Km loop across part of the airfields runway and operating surfaces. An enthusiastic crowd who arrived in a variety of fancy dress were provided to an impromptu warm up by local marathon running legend Paul Evans, before commencing the walk run and jog that marked the end of a week that raised over £6,000 for this year’s appeal.

Community Fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, Lyn Hatch said, “On behalf of Norfolk’s Royal British Legion,I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone at RAF Marham who supported and took part in this year’s Poppy Appeal. The week of fund raising activities was a great success and I look forward to working with the Station again next year.”

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