This year our Wings Appeal has totalled £5061. This is only slightly below last year’s and more than was expected at the start of our campaign when both Sainsbury’s and the Co-
We very much value the continuing support of the big stores but not to be forgotten are the several small independent businesses in the area that keep our tins and badge boxes next to their tills. Their contributions and the efforts of individual RAFA members who arrange and collect at venues such as music clubs and local shops, make up 18% of our total collection this year.
The Shrewsbury Branch is also very fortunate in having the interest and annual support of RAF Shawbury. Their Families Day raised a very significant amount towards our final sum.
As with many RAFA branches we are finding the number of collectors dwindling and are having to rely heavily on the same people to do more and more of the collecting. Again, we are very fortunate in having a highly active and dedicated committee who generously give their time to Wings each year. Without them, it would be a struggle to fill our allocated collecting slots. Please don’t forget there are ways of helping to boost our funds other than standing in a big store; you might hold a brew for the few in your own home or a local venue such as a social club you go to regularly or enquire at a local independent shop whether they would have a tin by their till, or ask the organisers of a local event – music, craft fair etc – if they would be happy for us to collect there. If you have any ideas, or need help in arranging any of these, please contact Roy or myself.