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11th October 2018

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team has donated over £2,000 to the Northamptonshire Hope Centre to support the work of the charity to combat homelessness and help vulnerable people in the area.

The leading team of former Red Arrow pilots, renowned worldwide for flying precision and close-formation aerobatics, welcomed Hope Centre representatives and the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton to a cheque handover afternoon at the team’s base at Sywell Aerodrome.

For the past decade, The Blades have hosted an annual charity event – The Blades Ball – to raise vital funds for a selection of nominated charities which includes the team’s charity partner the RAF Benevolent Fund, Aerobility, and a local charity chosen by the Blades event committee.

Andy Evans, Blade 1 and Team Leader commented: ‘‘Teaming up with The Hope Centre this year was a clear decision from the outset. We saw the charity’s fundraising efforts last winter and wanted to help continue the wonderful work they do for the local community. We are so proud of the outcome of the Blades Ball, and to date, we have raised over £2million for charity. The team at the Hope Centre has made some very important programmes to help reduce homelessness and poverty in our area and we are delighted to handover a £2000 donation.’’

Hope Centre Fundraising Manager Louise Danielczuk said “The Hope Centre is over the moon to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the Blades Ball 2018. Having expanded our service and seeing more people in need using our vital services means that we need to raise more funds to keep our service going and therefore this support is so important.”

The Northampton Hope Centre welcomes people who are homeless, disadvantaged or vulnerable whatever their reason and circumstance might be. With over 40 years’ experience working with those who need help, the charity looks after over 100 people every day. The charity sees a diverse range of people aged from 18 to 80+ and provides a warm and welcoming, non-judgemental environment for customers. As well as helping people with basic need they help people leave the streets through gaining training, confidence, skills and work. We provide training and where possible employ people through our social enterprises offering catering, PAT testing, tool repair and horticulture.

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