An Air and Space Operations Specialist from RAF Brize Norton has won an award at the annual RAF Benevolent Fund Awards.

Neil Robinson won the Outstanding Support accolade from an Individual category at the annual ceremony that recognises the exceptional contributions made by fundraisers, volunteers, and partners who support the charity.

This year’s event was held at the Sheraton Grand in London on April 25.

Raised in Swindon, Mr Robinson received the accolade for his involvement in organising the C-130 challenge to commemorate the retirement of the iconic RAF C-130 Hercules aircraft in 2023.

The virtual event saw groups and individuals of the RAF community challenged by the 47 Squadron to run, walk, or cycle 130 miles in 47 days.

This year-long challenge raised more than £5,300 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

Mr Robinson, Air Specialist (Class 1), said: "I am delighted to have won the Outstanding Support from an Individual Award.

"I created the C-130 fundraising fitness challenge event to commemorate the retirement of the iconic RAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, which brought the military community together to celebrate the long service of this amazing aircraft.

"At the same time, it raised lots of money for the RAF Benevolent Fund with 70 people participating, from serving military personnel, veterans and members of the public.

“I witnessed the RAF Hercules depart Cyprus for the last time whilst deployed.

"It was a historic time and I’m proud this event was the success that it was. People wanted to do something to mark the occasion and reflect on their own personal connections to the Herc, and this event enabled them to do it.”

Chris Elliot, Air vice-marshal and chief executive at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise all of the great work that allows us to continue supporting RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families and making a real improvement to their lives.

"Many congratulations to all this year's winners including AS1 Neil Robinson for his inspirational enthusiasm, creativity, and generosity, which has been wonderful to see. From everyone at the RAF Benevolent Fund – thank you."

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides practical, financial and emotional assistance to RAF personnel, veterans, and their families.

Last year, it made a significant impact on more than 42,000 family members of the RAF.