The Royal Air Forces Association has raised £47,000 to date through its official Battle of Britain medals and coins.
Last month saw the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) visit No. 10 Downing Street to present a special edition of the Battle of Britain Commemorative Medal to Colonel Nicholas Perry, Military Assistant to David Cameron, who received it for the Prime Minister and on behalf of the UK. The event was the final step in the organisation’s Official Commemorative Programme to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in partnership with The London Mint Office, Jervis Entertainment Media and Worcestershire Medal Service.
The medal was presented to Colonel Perry by David Prowse, Director of Membership at the RAF Association, and was created in tribute to everyone involved in the Battle from across 16 countries in total. The participating countries were Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia), France, Jamaica, Newfoundland (now part of Canada), New Zealand, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Poland, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), the UK and the USA.
The London Mint Office is offering every household in the UK the opportunity to receive a smaller version of the medal for free, with The London Mint Office donating 20 pence for each free medal from its national campaign. 103,000 free medals have ordered to date, and £47,000 donated to the RAF Association by the end of March.
All the official RAFA medals and coins (paid for and free) triggered donations with 1.5% of net sales donated to the RAF Association. These are: The Battle of Britain Sovereign, five Battle of Britain Men and Machines Medals, Supermarine Spitfire in Gold, The Many and the Few Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Commemorative, and The Hawker Hurricane Medal.
The free Battle of Britain medal can be ordered from www.ourfinesthour.co.uk.
Picture credit: 10 Downing Street
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