“Dig deep and make a donation”: George ‘Johnny’ Johnson’s plea for Lincoln Bomber Command centre

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Last surviving British Dambuster, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson is urging people to “dig deep” and donate money towards the completion of the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC).

This comes after the war hero, aged 95, presented a cheque of £6,500 to the ongoing visitor centre on Canwick Hill in Lincoln earlier today.

The money was raised alongside fundraisers Heather Allsworth and Nigel Favill at an evening on January 26, organised by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust.

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson told The Lincolnite: “First of all thank you to all those who have already contributed to the site but please, can everybody dig deep and make a donation to the International Bomber Command Centre.

“Please give as much as you can so we can see it be properly completed so that people can appreciate what Bomber Command did in the Second World War.”

Nicky Barr, Project Director at the IBCC added: “I think there are two parts to this. Obviously it is about getting money to get the centre built but actually the fact that there is a 95-year-old gentleman out there who is working so hard to raise that money, it’s very touching.”

This comes after ruthless thieves struck the Bomber Command Memorial site in Lincoln twice in two weeks, making off with a five metre flagpole and a Union Jack flag and causing £2,000 worth of damage.

The team still have some way to go to raise the remainder of the funds to complete the project.