KING’S LYNN: RAFA branch could fold unless younger members
A group for former air force personnel could fold after nearly 70 years unless younger members step forward to help.
The Lynn and district branch of the Royal Air Force Association is launching a recruitment drive in a bid to attract new blood.
Although the branch has 200 members, the committee is made-up of 10 people and their average age is 80.
The branch, which was launched shortly after World War II, offers important welfare services to former RAF personnel and their families along with fundraising.
But this work could be lost unless younger members join up to continue the branch.
President, Wg Cdr Vic Stapley is putting out the call for help.
He said: “I think it would be a dreadful calamity if the branch were to close.
“It would be sadly missed by many people.”
The branch, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Conservative Club in London Road, raised £11,000 with its collections for the Wings Appeal.
Secretary Michael Forster said: “The work is taking its toll on some of the committee. An 81-year-old member spent 42 hours collecting on the street and he finished up with a heel problem.”
Money raised by the branch helps the work undertaken by welfare officer Brian Mott.
Anyone who would like to get involved with the group should contact secretary Michael Forster on 01553 764330.
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