'Brew for the Few' fundraiser for RAF Association

'Brew for the Few' fundraiser for RAF Association

'Brew for the Few' fundraiser for RAF Association

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LORD Julian Fellowes and his wife Lady Emma lent their support to members of RAF Association at a spe- cial ‘Brew for the Few’ event in West Bay.

Every September the association holds its national Wings Appeal to commemorate the Battle of Britain but there are so few members of the Bridport and Lyme Regis branch able to take on street collections the idea for a ‘Brew for the Few’ fundraising tea party in the Salthouse was born.

RAFA member Alan Kidson said: “Because the numbers have diminished we are unable to get out on the streets shaking cans but because we still have a few active peo- ple we decided to get people in here to raise money for the Wings Appeal instead.”

The much-lauded Oscar-winning writer Lord Fellowes said he and his wife Lady Emma Kitchener, great grand niece of Lord Kitchener were very happy to help, having so many family ties to the forces.

He said: “I think people need to be reminded, and I don’t mean in a horrid way, of the sacrifice that was made on their behalf by so many men, and women too, in the second war, to protect their historic freedoms.”

He said the association needed more support than ever, now members were fewer and older.

On show on the day were also scale models of a Spitfire, and First World War aircraft and a Piper Club Grasshopper air observation post carrying D-Day invasion colours.

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