November 16, 2011

More Prizes for the Ball Auction

Aerobility supporter Darren Thompson popped in to see us today, and while he was here at Blackbushe donated some more fantastic prizes to be auctioned at the Ball. Darren, who works at Odiham, generously brought along a Flying suit as worn by the Army Apache Display Team, and other Apache memorabilia.

November 15, 2011

The Aviator’s Ball 2011 targets £100,000 for Aerobility

The event is the fifth Aviator’s Ball, the target is £100,000 for the Aerobility disabled flyer’s charity, and it’s time to book your tickets.

This fabulous fundraising night – this year on Saturday 26th November - has become the definitive end-of-season event in the aviation social calendar, providing a glorious evening of top class entertainment, dining and dancing.

And the prizes being auctioned at this year’s Ball are finer than ever – including a stunning package of flying experiences for two hosted by Breitling in Switzerland as the showpiece of a range to suit all tastes and wallets.

Guests can bid on a host of flying experiences, goodies from the Red Arrows and others, and aviation days out. Maybe tea at the House of Lords with paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is more your sort of thing, or a private ladies’ shopping trip at a high-class lingerie shop.

Last year’s Ball, attended by more than 400 people, raised some £82,000 for Aerobility, and the £100,000 target this year would make it realistic for the charity to begin the renewal of its ageing aircraft fleet with a brand new Piper Archer.

Mike Miller-Smith, CEO of Aerobility, says:
“The four second-hand aircraft that we currently operate are becoming more and more expensive to run due to increased maintenance costs in particular. A new aircraft would cut costs and improve reliability.

“The Aviator’s Ball is our biggest single fund-raising exercise each year. It’s a wonderful night for everyone, and both sponsors and guests will know that they have made a serious contribution to keeping disabled fliers in the air.”

Once again the black-tie event is being held at the luxury Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5 where an overnight accommodation package with breakfast is on offer to Ball guests for just £95+VAT.

Ball tickets are £90 and include arrival drinks and canapes, gourmet three-course dinner with wine, coffee/tea and chocolates plus the auction, live band for dancing and additional entertainment. Tables of ten are discounted to £810.


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