ABOVE: More than 95 unique aviation-themed items auctioned on the night helped reach the grand total 

Aerobility has raised a record-breaking £130,000 at its annual Aviators Ball, an incredible amount described by the charity as one which ‘soars above any total raised in previous years’.

The black-tie function is Aerobility’s largest fundraising event of the year. With more than 450 guests from across the aviation industry in attendance, it also benefits from corporate support from organisations including Bristow Group, 2Excel, London Biggin Hill Airport, NATS, Nicholson McLaren Aviation, Aerobytes, Gallagher and Breitling.

Although this year’s event was marked by a change of venue (moving from Heathrow’s Sofitel to the Hilton Hotel T5), the Red Arrows remained on hand to present awards on the night, including the Pooleys Aviator Sword to Aerobility’s Aviator of the Year MikeMcClelland.

The ball also celebrated 30 years of operations for Aerobility, who in their three decades of operations have ‘introduced more than 10,000 people to the magic and wonder of flight, forever transforming their perspective on the world and their personal capabilities’.

Extending his gratitude to the generosity of the charity’s supporters, Aerobility Mike Miller-Smith said he was “blown away” by the support received at the ball, concluding: “We had a fantastic night, and all funds raised will go directly into helping people with disabilities to take to the skies and live their dreams. We are extremely grateful”.