RAF Abingdon traditionally held annual Airshows in September and these were a hugely popular event with both the local community as well as with people from further afield. When the RAF pulled out, these shows ceased. Our event was created back in the year 2000 to put something back into the community and has always been billed as a family day out at an affordable price. The 2000 event was nothing more than a small Fete and broke even financially but with perseverance the show has grown into what is now a major event on the region’s calendar.
Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust recieved a total generated by the show in 2016 of £8,000 – so thats now total of £68,095.70 to the Air Ambulance since 2007, a further £14,000 to Douglas House Respice Centre (2001 – 06), £500 to Lily Gulshat Fund, £500 to Heyford Park community centre, plus a further £1000 from 2014 to the Gabriel Masih fund (has diplegia cerebral palsy and needs a life changing operation) and approx (still being verified) £800+ to localised Air Training Corp units that have helped us over time
We are proud that the show is surviving in today’s economic climate, though for future shows we are seeking commercial sponsorship to help as this is a purely volunteer-organised show with limited funding, and our overheads are increasing each year. Any financial help is appreciated.