Ali Gibson: for services to the Association and the excellent support of Harrow Branch and Club, and Aylesbury and Halton Branch.
For more than 20 years Ali (Alison) Gibson has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically, delivering welfare support, fundraising, recruiting new members and supporting Area Conferences. An Honorary Welfare Officer at the Harrow and District Branch for the last six years, she has worked closely with the partners of station executives at RAF Northolt to visit and support elderly veterans in need; and enabled the station RAFALOs to then continue her outstanding support work. She visits many other veterans, particularly in the Abbeyfields sheltered housing complex in Aylesbury.
At the monthly Aylesbury and Halton Branch Veterans’ Lunches she plans and prepares “a plethora of desserts”, hosts veterans and encourages serving personnel to share their stories of today’s RAF with retired personnel.
Ali’s “effervescent drive and determination to help support the whole RAF family” helped her provide four years of specialist expertise to maintain the gardens of RAF Halton’s two contact houses, allowing RAF families to enjoy much-valued, private outside space. She has also run the Association’s refreshment and recruitment stands for three years at RAF Halton’s Families’ Day and at the last two RAF Air Cadet Inter Squadron Competitions at the station