Woman pays 1.5Mil to fly with the Red Arrows for H4H.

#1
Good on her & a worthy cause!Just hope they leave the cockpit's clean!!

LONDON (Reuters) - A British woman has paid 1.5 million pounds in a charity auction to fly with the Royal Air Force's aerobatic Red Arrows display jets, the Help for Heroes charity said on Monday.


Julie Heselden's winning bid gives her and eight family members or friends the opportunity to fly in the nine famous display Hawk jets after the Royal Air Force put the Red Arrows up for auction for the first time.

Heselden is married to Jimi Heselden. He owns HESCO Bastion, a company that makes temporary blast walls used widely by British and U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We are speechless," the RAF said in a statement after Heselden's bid at the Heroes' Ball on Friday, a fundraiser for the HFH charity which provides support for servicemen and women injured in the line of duty.

"We know it is a special prize -- a once in a lifetime opportunity -- but we are all astounded that someone could be so generous," the RAF said.

"The RAF is genuinely delighted to have helped in raising such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile charity."

Just under a year after being set up the HFH charity has raised more than 10 million pounds.

"The charity has grasped the imagination of the public as they become increasingly aware of the price some of our servicemen and women are paying in serving their country," said a spokesman for the charity.

(Reporting by John Joseph; Editing by David Clarke)
 
#3
Now thats a hell of a gesture. A jolly in the back of a fast jet is certainly worth a few quid but thats a LOT of money.
 
#5
She can afford it, so good on her and the hubby!
 
#6
Its great to see someone put so much money into such a worthy cause, especially as the money basically comes from a business that serves our armed forces(well, makes its profit from...). Lets hope the publicity is good too!
 
#7
Still at least they have made their money out of a product that saves lives... and they aren't a contractor out there just fleecing UK PLC for every penny they can get while it lasts....
 
#8
When you think about it it's ironic.
Her hubbies company sells his goods to the MoD.
Then they then lives on the 'profits' of such sales
She then donates £1.5Mil of these 'profits' which goes to a service charity so she can fly in a jet 'owned' by the MoD & flown/maintained by servicemen/women who work for the MoD!
 
#9
Fantastic amount of money! I wish they'd done it on a 'lottery' style basis though, so those of us who aren't loaded could've stood a chance! I'd have paid a few quid for a ticket and so would virtually EVERYONE i know.
 
#11
At last years DESI Hesco Bastion had a stand which featured a bar giving out free beer to all British soldiers as a way of saying 'Thanks lads - well done!'.

Hesco made its money by producing a good product that works and is needed.

I would have thought that unlike Guardian journalists people on this site would know the differance between Profit and Profiteering.
 
#12
bigbird67 said:
Fantastic amount of money! I wish they'd done it on a 'lottery' style basis though, so those of us who aren't loaded could've stood a chance! I'd have paid a few quid for a ticket and so would virtually EVERYONE i know.
Agree with you there BB. Had they sold tickets for a quid a throw, I'm sure, as you are, they would would have sold like hot cakes. This well off family, the Heseldens would probably have bought 1.5m tickets, and stood a very good chance of winning, but at least everyone else would have had at least some chance.

Still, it's the rich wot makes the rools.

MTB
 
#15
I have only warm thoughts for hesco, although the wire is a bit tricky when it gets one on the head.

Big quids, simple idea and putting something back

Fair one I say
 

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