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Wings & Wheels Raises Over £80k For Charities

Wednesday, 23 September 2009
The 2009 Wings & Wheels success story continues with the announcement today that some £80,000 will be distributed to nominated charities Help for Heroes, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and Brooklands Museum Trust.
The Show welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to the aerodrome on Sunday 30th August which has resulted in a record amount being raised for this year’s nominated charities.

The crowds, which were made up of families, veterans and aviation and car enthusiasts, were treated to an unforgettable line-up of RAF and civilian aviation greats and motoring classics over six hours.

Opening the first of the two part air display, The Tigers parachute display team gracefully dropped from the sky to rapturous applause, followed by the Hurricane, Great War Display Team (new to the line-up for 2009), B25 Mitchell, Tutor T1, Hawk T1 and finally the Eurofighter Typhoon which mesmerised young and old alike.

A couple of cancellations due to mechanical failure and the low cloud cover did nothing to detract from the excitement of the second half of the air display which was opened by The Blades and included newcomers the Red Bull Matadors and the only Avro Vulcan in the world capable of flying.
This year’s Wings & Wheels was closed by the Red Arrows who put on a first class performance over 30 minutes, despite the team having to adapt their display due to the low cloud cover. 

Jamie McAllister, Event Promoter comments:

“Wings & Wheels was a phenomenal success with record visitors attending. To be able to cement that success financially by donating nearly three times what was raised in 2008 is testament to the hard work of the volunteers who organise the Show and the support received by the Great British public. Each charity is set to receive £20,000 which all gets ploughed into some fantastic projects. Our thoughts are now turning to next year and how Wings & Wheels can continue to grow and raise vital funds for deserving charities.”