The Royal Aeronautical Society is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The RAeS promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. The Society shares specialist information with a particular focus on careers and education activities which aim to inspire young people of all backgrounds about the world of aerospace and aviation.

This generous gift will contribute to the provision of education materials, themed around aviation, aerospace and STEM for approximately 2,500 primary school children through the Society's Cool Aeronautics primary education programme.

Cool Aeronautics

Cool Aeronautics are a series of free, one-day events for 8-10 year-olds and their teachers at sites of aeronautical interest around the UK throughout the year, supported by volunteers from across the aerospace community including current and retired aerospace engineers, airline and military pilots, university lecturers, students and graduates.

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The events consist of a programme of activities including engaging careers talks from aerospace and aviation experts and interactive STEM and aviation-themed workshops and competitions with prizes. All children receive a goody bag at the end of the day which includes educational materials and their special ‘Cool Aeronautics Wings’.  

Rosalind Azouzi, Head of Skills and Careers at the RAeS said, "We are delighted to have The Queen as our Patron and this gift will help children continue their engagement with aerospace once our events have finished and can be shared with siblings, friends and peers. There will be added benefit for teachers who can use the materials to bring aviation alive and into the classroom."

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There will be added benefit for teachers who can use the materials to bring aviation alive and into the classroom."

2016 marked the RAeS 150th anniversary and as part of the celebrations we organised a record number of Cool Aeronautics events reaching over 2000 primary school pupils in 28 locations worldwide. 2017 marks another birthday - 20 years since the RAeS Careers department was formed and we are looking to celebrate this milestone with further Cool Aeronautics events to inspire more children and teachers and build on the increased number of partnerships developed in 2016.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support the Royal Aeronautical Society with its valuable work. The RAeS is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’

For further information on The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171), email info@thepatronsfund.org.uk or visit www.thepatronsfund.org.uk

Jessica Tee
1 February 2017