Throughout the year, and especially during September, thousands of volunteers stand on the streets of cities and towns across the UK. No matter what the weather they raise awareness of our work and raise funds from the general public. Specialist fundraising volunteers and air cadets join Association members from our local branches. And they make such a difference: this year’s London collection raised £17,039, surpassing last year’s total from the city. That alone is enough to fund the training of more than 50 of our befrienders to nationally accredited standards.
This year our President, Air Marshal Sir Baz North, is publicly thanking all the volunteers. He sent the following letter for publication in the local press in cities around the UK and shares it again to thank everyone who has been involved: