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RAF charity man scoops top award

From left: Colonel Andrzej Jeziorski, former Chairman of the Polish Air Force Association; His Excellency Mr Witold Sobkow; Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon and Mrs Sandra Hughesdon

From left: Colonel Andrzej Jeziorski, former Chairman of the Polish Air Force Association; His Excellency Mr Witold Sobkow; Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon and Mrs Sandra Hughesdon

A charity director had a surprise waiting for him when he returned home from a holiday after he was given an award for his charity work.

Paul Hughesdon, director of welfare at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, was invited to the Polish Embassy in London and awarded the The Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

The honour was bestowed as recognition of all the work that Paul and members of the fund have done in supporting members of the Polish Air Force community.

Paul, of Wingrave, said: “I am deeply touched by the kindness of my friends in the Polish Air Force Association and highly honoured to receive such a prestigious award.

“The Polish people, and their airmen who flew so bravely and courageously for the RAF during the Second World War.”

As the RAF’s leading charity, the fund serves all those in financial need who have served in the air force.

It stepped in to take on the work of the Polish Air Force Association Charitable Trust when they felt they could no longer keep it going, and the fund assist around 175 beneficiaries each year – spending around £90,000 doing so.

Paul said: “But we are delighted to repay the “Debt that We Owe” in this way. And I too, on behalf of everyone involved in this work, both past and present, was thrilled to become the very proud holder of The Knight’s Cross.”

 

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