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Red Arrows flight to be auctioned

Red Arrows
Most requests by the public to fly with the Red Arrows are turned down

A flight with the Red Arrows is to be sold at auction to raise money for British troops and their families.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA).

The charity works with 50,000 people every year, including forces veterans sleeping rough in London.

A chance to join the RAF display team is much sought after, with one woman recently paying 1.5m for nine flights with the unit.

Julie Heselden, the wife of a multi-millionaire ex-miner, placed the winning bid at a charity auction in September.

SSAFA runs Norton House, where accommodation is provided for the families of badly injured servicemen and women being treated at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, in Surrey.

It also organises holidays for the children of service personnel.

The Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows have performed more than 4,000 displays in over 50 countries since being formed in 1965.

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