Auction to help military families

Cpl Chris Bugg undertook the BallBuster Duathlon in Box Hill, Surrey, November 2010. Cpl Noel Hellmann completed a 150 mile walk in 5 days along the Pennine Way in September 2010, Cerys Overington, National Fundraising Manager for FAB. Flight Sgt Bob Greenfield''w110916   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Cpl Chris Bugg undertook the BallBuster Duathlon in Box Hill, Surrey, November 2010. Cpl Noel Hellmann completed a 150 mile walk in 5 days along the Pennine Way in September 2010, Cerys Overington, National Fundraising Manager for FAB. Flight Sgt Bob Greenfield''w110916 Picture: Ceri Oakes
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A CHARITY auction is being held at RAF Fylingdales, with bidders battling it out to win items such as a VIP day with Red Arrows or signed memorabilia from the country’s top sporting teams.

The black tie dinner and charity auction will be held at the combined mess, opened last week by Princess Anne and will raise money for Families Activity Breaks (FAB).

FAB provides activity-based holidays for bereaved military families to help them through their most difficult times.

RAF Fylingdales’ Sgt Cerys Overington said: “The number of British military personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 today stands at 359, adding to the 179 fatalities already lost during the Iraq conflict.

“The aim of FAB is to provide bereaved military families with an adventurous yet safe environment in order to encourage self-confidence, resilience and peer support while having fun.

“FAB reinforces or re-establishes the relationship between the military community and bereaved family in the aftermath of their loss.”

The event will take place on Thursday 7 April and will feature live entertainment.

Sgt Overington added: “Thanks to the generosity of companies and individuals throughout the community and, on a wider scale, throughout the country, we have received many fabulous prize donations to be made available during the charity auction and raffle on the night.

“Top prizes include a VIP day for two with the Red Arrows, London theatre tickets and signed premiership football memorabilia.”

A number of other events are also planned to help raise money for FAB, including a 450 mile bike ride by 30 cyclists who will ride from Whitby to Twickenham rugby stadium.