BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.
Are you or were you British Airways cabin crew? Can you sing, act, or dance? Do you have experience of the stage, or have you ever wondered what it might be like to tread the boards? Then, this might be your opportunity to shine!
Members of BACCES gathered at RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, on 9th May to present a cheque for £1,500 to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Heather Kemp. The donation was made from the proceeds of BACCES' 2017 production, Robin Hood, which it performed at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, in December. The RAF Benevolent Fund was founded in 1919 to help service men and women and their families.
Broadcasting celebrity, Peter Dickson, who had kindly donated his time to BACCES for its last production and who has a long affiliation with the RAF, nominated the charity. He said: " This is my chance to give back using my skills, expertise, and experience to assist the RAF and its charities, and the Benevolent Fund." Peter's links with the RAF go back to his University Air Squadron days at Queen's University, Belfast. His intention then was to join the RAF, but a carrier in broadcasting presented itself instead. He generously gives his time to the RAF to M.C at concerts, events and awards ceremonies.
The BACCES members were given a comprehensive and fascinating tour of RAF Benson's training facilities by RAF Air Crew and Team Leader Gareth Attridge. They were also given the opportunity to board a Puma 2 helicopter, which was used as part of the relief effort in the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Twenty-three 12-seater Puma 2 helicopters are based at RAF Benson. The donation was all the more pertinent as the RAF celebrates its centenary (1918-2018). Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the support we have received from BACCES! The show looked to be such a spectacle and we are thrilled that our supporter and friend of the Fund Peter Dickson has chosen to champion us to a new audience, our new friends at the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society. Support such as this from Lisa and the team at BACCES is at the heart of what we do, so it means an awful lot to have such meaningful backing from the whole crew. With their help, we can reach even more deserving beneficiaries and offer help – be that through financial or emotional support – and ensure that we are there for every member of the RAF Family when they need us.”
The donation was all the more pertinent as the RAF celebrates its centenary (1918-2018).BACCES would like to thank Peter Dickson, Heather Kemp, Hemma Gooljar, RAF Air Crew Gareth Attridge, and all the team for the wonderful welcome they received at RAF Benson. Pictured (from left to right): Nick Young, Denise Tricker, Lisa Bennett, Peter Dickson, Terry Hunt , Flt Sgt Brian Stubbington, Heather Kemp, Charlotte Harvey, Kevin O'Dwyer
Members of BACCES gathered in Mytchett, Surrey, today to present a cheque for £4,000 to Jo Dickenson on behalf of The Cinnamon Trust. Jo, also a BACCES member, is a Cinnamon Trust volunteer, fundraiser and activist. The donation was made from the proceeds of BACCES' last production, Robin Hood, which it staged back in December.
The Cinnamon Trust, a specialist national charity, aims to alleviate issues faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. Mitigating human sadness and animal suffering is key to the charity's work. The Trust was founded by Averil Jarvis in 1985.
"The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem."More information about the fantastic work The Cinnamon Trust does can be found on their web site. http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/cinnamon-trust/