Flying high: Air Festival Patrons

19th July 2010

Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

Red Arrows aerial acrobatic display.

Care South Chief Executive Susan Willoughby and Dame Vera Lynn at Sussexdown on Dutch Day.


Care South is an official patron of the 2010 Bournemouth Air Festival, which takes place from 19 to 22 August between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers.

The company has forged links with the armed forces since it acquired the historic Sussexdown, a former Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) care home in Storrington, West Sussex, in 2007. Sussexdown maintains its connection with the RAFA and residents enjoy invitations to special events hosted by Service charities including VIP seats at Shoreham Air Show.

The RAFA Amsterdam Branch organizes an annual fly past and cheese drop over Sussexdown to celebrate Operation Manna, a humanitarian operation in 1945 to deliver food to the starving Dutch.

Susan Willoughby, Chief Executive of Care South, says: ‘Dutch Day’ is attended by Dame Vera Lynn and the highlight is the cheese drop where miniature Edam cheeses float down on tiny parachutes into the gardens. It is quite spectacular.”

She adds: “We feel justified in supporting activities which commemorate the armed forces, as many of the people we care for were affected by or have served in the Second World War and other conflicts.”

Residents and staff in Care South homes in the Bournemouth, Poole and south Dorset areas will be able to share in the company’s links with the armed forces by enjoying all the Air Festival action in the skies overhead.

Bournemouth Air Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the UK. This year’s line-up includes the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Royal Navy Blackcats Helicopter displays.