A Flight Sergeant from RAF Wittering has raised £5,000 for a forces charity by court mounting more than 2,000 medals.
Tim Pidoux, 54, who is mechanical transport officer at the base, has been recognised for his hard work and dedication, while being sponsored to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association.
In court mounting, medals are fastened to a length of buckram, a stiff material made from cotton, which is wrapped in the medal ribbon and prevents them from moving. Demand for this service is high and, at the busiest period, Tim worked an extra four hours every night of the week.
Flt Sgt Pidoux said: “It’s something I enjoy doing, I get to see an end product, and hopefully a satisfied customer when I hand the medals back.
“It just made sense to combine mounting medals with the fundraising side to see what I could achieve.”
The money he raised while carrying out the work was presented to Michael Bolton, director of fundraising for the Royal Air Force Association, during a ceremony, which was attended by RAF Wittering’s Commanding Officer, group captain Richard Hill and Pilot Officer Nick Clark.
Mr Bolton said: “Tim’s superb donation will go a long way to helping improve communication links between deployed RAF personnel and their families at home. Our Story Book Wings programme, based on RAF Wittering, helps children listen to their parents voices while separated by thousands of miles. Without the help of supporters like Tim none of this would be possible.”