A charity named after the pilot who led the legendary Dambusters raid is set to get a boost from drinkers on the 70th anniversary of the campaign. 

The brewery Thwaites is commemorating the occasion by donating 5p from every pint and bottle of Lancaster Bomber to theLeonard Cheshire Disability charity.

The charity was founded by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, who led RAF No 617 Squadron (or Dambusters) for eight months during the Second World War.

He became one of the youngest commanding officers and the most decorated bomber pilot of the war with the award of the Victoria Cross in 1944.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is now the UK’s largest charity providing services to disabled people. It supports thousands of people with physical and learning disabilities to live the way they choose and helps them achieve what is important to them.

The partnership with Thwaites will run for 12 months with an initial fundraising target of £50,000.

Thwaites managing director Steve Magnall said: “We wanted an appropriate tribute to commemorate and honour the bravery of the men who sacrificed their lives during the Dambuster raids. It’s a fitting tribute that a donation will be made to Leonard Cheshire Disability from every pint and bottle of Lancaster Bomber sold on the anniversary.

“We hope that many will join us in raising a pint to the Bomber Command who both sacrificed and risked their lives for our freedom.”

Hugo Middlemas, fundraising director at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Our founder’s place in the history of the Dambusters is incredibly important and something we are very proud of. We’re extremely grateful that Thwaites has recognised this and will be raising much-needed funds to support our vital work with disabled people.”

Operation Chastise saw the Dambusters blitz German dams on May 16 and 17, 1943.

Belfast Telegraph