Red, White & Blue Day October 2015
Students from Mayhill Junior School pay tribute to the Battle of Britain veterans 75 years on .
It’s not every day that you get to meet a Chinook airman and try out RAF flight kit, even when you grow up near RAF Odiham. But on Friday October 9th, children and teachers from Mayhill Junior School got to do just that when they met Sgt Mike from a Squadron at RAF Odiham as part of their celebration of Red, White and Blue Day, a national campaign to raise money and awareness of the three Armed Forces charities.
During the morning assembly, Sgt Mike talked about life in the RAF, his work on Chinooks, and the RAF’s role in the Battle of Britain. Students were able to try on army outfits and ask questions about Sgt Mike's years in the Royal Air Force.
The theme of this year’s Red, White and Blue Day was the Battle of Britain and special videos, photos, and lesson plans helped the students explore what life was like for all those involved, including the children evacuated from cities during the Blitz.
Red, White and Blue Day is a national fundraising campaign for schools, run annually by the UK’s three Service charities; The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. On the day, pupils dressed in red, white and blue clothing and donated £1 in support of Service families.