This is when you can see NHS Spitfire fly over Royal Derby Hospital

A military aircraft emblazoned with supportive messages for NHS staff across the country will soon be flying over Derby.

The NHS Spitfire will be making a tour over different hospitals across the country, including the Royal Derby, on Sunday, August 30.

The charity aircraft will make its way over Derby’s hospital in the morning just before 10.30am and will then travel to Stoke.

Organised by the Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC), the message “Thank U NHS” will be painted across the plane’s wings.

Now, members of the public are being invited to nominate one of their loved ones to have their own name painted on the craft.

A fundraising page has been set up for ARC’s blue photo-reconnaissance Spitfire which will raise money for NHS Charities Together.

In order to submit a name into the pot, individuals are being asked to contribute at least £10 to the fundraiser as an “act of kindness”.

Entrants into the charity fundraiser must also state their chosen person’s name and the reason for the nomination in their donation comment.

A spokesperson for ARC said: “From a family member to a kind neighbour, close friend or community hero,the public can now thank them with this special gesture.

“In return for their donation, their nominated name will be one of those written on the Spitfire, which has an 80,000 name capacity.

“As the names are added, the UK will be able to watch this extraordinary visual spectacle unfold.”

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Updates on the plane’s progress and information on its flight route will be available to view via the company’s Instagram page.

John Romain, founder of ARC, said: “The response to our initial flight over the last 8pm #clapforourcarers Thursday was incredibly humbling, with hundreds of people from the local community sharing how wonderful it was to not only see the Spitfire, but also to read the message emblazoned across its wings.

“After such positive response we decided to leave the message painted on the Spitfire for the rest of the flying season, this is where the idea to hand write the names of the nation’s loved ones onto the aircraft to raise money for the NHS Charities Together began.”

Flight routes will be updated throughout the duration of the donation window, which will close on Sunday 20th September 2020.

This has been schedule to align with the Spitfire closing the show at the IWM Duxford Airfield’s Battle of Britain Air Show.

Remember, for those who would like to see the plane in action, it will be flying over the Royal Derby Hospital at 10.30am on August 30.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News