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To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid on 16th/ 17th May 1943, the April Fools club has set out on a mission to raise £1m, through a charity dinner to be held on 28th September 2017, and a charity bike ride from 16th- 20th May 2018. There will also be a number of smaller events held throughout the course of the next year.

In support of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, all funds raised will be going towards respite care for people serving in the RAF. They already have their flagship care home, Princess Marina House situated on the seafront in Rustington, West Sussex and with the funds raised they plan to build more houses. The home offers a short recuperative break to serving or ex-Service members of the RAF family in a comfortable and tranquil environment. Princess Marina House is staffed with expert carers 24 hours a day and is fully wheelchair accessible, the RAFBF also offer guests a variety of social activities to take part in.

THE DAMBUSTERS 75TH ANNIVERSARY BIKE RIDE

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid, the April Fools Club are inviting 19 crews of seven cyclists to join them as they undertake an epic challenge: to cycle from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, to the Möhne Dam in Germany. This momentous challenge commences on 16th May 2018, with a finishing date of 20th May 2018.

With four days and 282 miles of cycling, unforgettable experiences and camaraderie in abundance, the event will honour a seminal moment in history and help raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, which has stood by the members of the RAF family, repaying the ‘debt we owe’ for nearly 100 years.

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THE DAMBUSTERS 75TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

The 1940’s themed charity evening to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters, was hosted by the April Fools Club, and celebration of the inspiring work of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The 300 guests were greeted at Plaisterers Hall with a drinks reception supplied by Tarquins Gin, Spitfire ales and Justerini Champagne, followed by a 3-course sit-down dinner.

The whole evening was hosted by Brian Blessed OBE, with a silent and live auction run by Givergy which raised collectively more than £100,000. All the funds raised are going towards respite care for people serving in the RAF. They already have their flagship care home, Princess Marina House situated on the seafront in Rustington, West Sussex. With the funds raised they are going to build more houses. The home offers a short recuperative break to serving or ex-Service members of the RAF family in a comfortable and tranquil environment.

There was an array of entertainment throughout the evening, from military magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones (winner of Britain’s Got Talent) walking around and playing tricks on the guests, to the RAF Band playing beautifully in the background while guests wined and dined. The main performance was by ESCALA, an all-female electric string quartet, after all the speeches, live auction and the Loyal Toast, Jeanie Barton and her band then performed for everyone until late.

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