Show organiser Farnborough International (FIL) has chosen The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help (SSAFA) as the official charity of the 2010 event.

The charity is involved in supporting the families of servicemen who serve or have served in the armed forces by initiating holidays for disabled children, siblings and carers of serving military personnel, support groups for the families of bereaved and injured service personnel, and an adoption service and charity shops.

Andrew Cumming, controller of SSAFA says: "Our Corporate Friends Scheme already brings in support from exhibitors such as BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and MBDA. We are therefore convinced that Farnborough International Airshow, with its strong defence and MoD connections, will provide the perfect venue to reach a receptive audience and raise valuable funds and awareness."

FIL chief executive, Shaun Ormrod adds: "We are extremely pleased to have SSAFA as our official charity at this year's Farnborough air show. It does a huge amount of work to help all those who have served in our armed forces and we hope its presence at the show will help raise its profile even further."

Source: Flight Daily News