Ian Savage receives his award from Rob Baker from Proludic. Picture: Oliver Dixon

A youth worker at RAF Marham has been honoured with an award. 

Ian Savage won in the Airplay Youth Worker of the Year category of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s annual awards.

The award recognises those who have gone the extra mile for the RAF Benevolent Fund’s veterans and their families.

Ian was shortlisted for his creative ideas and the fact that he is more than willing to share those ideas with other youth workers.

Recent activities included a young people’s podcast, which celebrated the confidence and skills developed by those that created them and a song-writing and poetry project, which helped members explore how it felt when a parent is deployed, or away, for a long time.

Ian’s sessions are all oversubscribed with waiting lists of children and young people hoping to join.

He said: “It’s really good to be rewarded for a job that I love doing, it doesn’t feel like a job to me so it’s nice to be rewarded for that. 

“It’s a brilliant event, a brilliant evening and the RAF Benevolent Fund is a really great cause.” 

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise all the great work that allows us to continue supporting RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families, and making a real improvement to their lives.

“Many congratulations to Ian and all this year’s winners, their inspirational enthusiasm, creativity, and generosity has been wonderful to see. 

“From everyone at the RAF Benevolent Fund – thank you.”