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Together we fundraised for two forces charities throughout summer – the Royal British Legion and RAF Benevolent Fund.

Lincolnshire’s rich and colourful history has long been entwined with the forces – you just can’t have one without the other.

Iconic air links range from its RAF bases and Red Arrows fast jet display team to the World War Two 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and the Avro Lancaster Bomber planes they flew, and much more.

On the ground, Lincoln is known as the birthplace of the tank and a large number of forces families live and work in and around the county.

As the RAF celebrated its 100th birthday in 2018, and to help recognise the dedication of service people past and present, Lincolnshire Co-op fundraised for the Royal British Legion and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The charities were supported through the Community Champions scheme from June until September.

Money raised for both the charities will help them care for forces families, veterans and serving personnel who need help with a range of issues including funeral costs, debt, housing, mobility problems and medical care, and help train others to support them.

The fundraising took off in June, with Lincolnshire Co-op outlets hosting competitions, games and much more.

Here’s what happened…

Money was raised through competitions including a ‘guess where the teddy is’ game at Lincolnshire Co-op travel branches and ‘guess the teddy’s name’ at its funeral homes. People also tested their flying skills in a paper airplane competition and other games in food stores during Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June - all in return for a small donation. 

Lincolnshire Co-op food stores stock a range of local produce through the Society's Love Local range, and lots of these producers celebrated with some specially created forces-themed products. 10p was donated through the Community Champions scheme every time one of these products was purchased.

They were:

Red Leicester Bastion in the Air cheese, made by the Grinstead family at Lymn Bank Farm near Skegness.

Bastion Pale Ale, brewed by Ferry Ales Brewery in Fiskerton.

Dambusters Beer Chutney, made by Jenny’s Jams of Lincoln.

Red Arrow sausages, made by Uncle Henry's.

Gadsby’s the bakery joined in with themed cupcakes. 

Salvation Army clothing banks can be found at many Lincolnshire Co-op outlets. Proceeds raised from the sale of these items were split between the Salvation Army and the Community Champions scheme and went into the fundraising pot.

We had collection boxes across our outlets including food stores, pharmacies, travel branches, funeral homes, coffee shops and post offices.

A donation was made through the scheme each time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet, from June until September. Colleague fundraising and the carrier bag levy was also be added to the total.

We're supporting the Visit Lincoln 100 Voices trail. It's made up of eight walking and cycling trails across the county. The stories of service people, past and present, are told on models of plane wings.

The project commemorates 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation.

We've sponsored the Hawk trail in Lincoln city centre - find out more about it here.

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