My Wish Charity fund-raiser in honour of RAF Mildenhall man makes over £7,000 in just a few weeks
A fund-raiser set up following the death of a father from coronavirus has made over £7,000 after only a few weeks.
Alex Badman, of Bury St Edmunds and who worked at RAF Mildenhall as operations flight deputy commander 100th Air Refuelling Wing for eight years, died in February this year.
His daughter Katie described Alex as a loving father who always cared about children.
“His big white beard meant he was often asked to don a Father Christmas costume to hand out presents to local children in Bury St Edmunds, RAF Mildenhall and further afield,” she said.
The fund-raiser is already over halfway to its target of £12,500, which would fund half of a play therapists’ yearly salary at West Suffolk Hospital, where Alex was originally treated before being transferred.
Alex supported My Wish over several years before his death, including convincing a team from RAF Mildenhall to take part in one of the charity's Soap Box Challenges.
The family's connection to the charity meant they wanted to fund-raise for the #25 Appeal which pays for the play therapists' salary.
A play therapist is someone who is employed by the hospital to make visits for children more fun and less scary, in turn potentially preventing future hospital phobia.
Sally Daniels, fund-raising manager for My Wish, said the Badman family, including Jill, Alex's wife, had been active in the charity in recent years.
"The Badman family have been great supporters of My WiSH Charity with both Jill and Alex supporting us over the years," she said. "Alex was kind enough to share his extensive engineering knowledge with our soapbox teams back in 2019 and we know this was invaluable to everyone.
"The amount raised by the family just highlights what a special man Alex was so from all of us here at the charity we would like to express our sincere condolences and thank everyone for their donations.
"The difference the play specialist will make to our young patients means Alex is certainly leaving behind a legacy that will benefit our future generations.”
By Sam Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org Published: 10:02, 19 March 2021 | Updated: 10:02, 19 March 2021