Being a member of the Reserve and Cadet Forces comes with a number of opportunities for self-development, often through community engagement activities such as charity fundraising.
This was the case for Reservists from 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, who were presented with the Sir Charles Wheeler Trophy at the RAF Association Gala Awards in Birmingham last weekend.
The trophy recognised the Squadron’s outstanding efforts in raising funds for the Wings Appeal, a charity campaign run by the RAFA to support serving and former Air Force personnel.
Collecting the award on behalf of 603 Squadron was Air Specialist 1 (AS1) Kris Mackenzie, whose own fundraising activities for the Wings Appeal included running the London Marathon.
Similarly, a group of students from East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron (ESUAS) took on the dizzying heights of the Forth Rail Bridge in an abseiling challenge to raise money for the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance.
This would be a daunting prospect for almost anyone, but the students faced it head-on with plenty of smiles, collecting over £2,700 in donations along the way!