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A World War Two Spitfire took to the skys above Newry today as part of a fundraising campaign for the NHS by The Aircraft Restoration Company. Already the fundraiser has raised almost £90K. The particular plane was specifically built and used for photo reconnaissance during the conflict, carrying cameras instead of weapons.

The NHS Spitfire project charity saw the plane do a high  flypast of Daisy Hill Hospital at 10.25 this morning. The organisers found a suitable weather window over the past three days with the plane flying over 72 hospitals.

The initiative began with the organisers carrying out local flights from their base at Duxford, Cambridge when the 'Clap for Carers' initiative was in full swing, which led to them broadening their mission.

Over the course of the next year they will be hand writing 80,000 names onto their photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’  

Explaining how this works a spokesperson said "We need your support to help us find those names!  It can be your own name or that of a family member, close friend of kind neighbour.  You can now become a part of the NHS Spitfire story and help us to say thank you by nominating a name to be hand written on the aircraft’s airframe.

"Each name nominated will also help us together as a nation say thank you to the NHS by contributing to the NHS Charities Together charity.  To nominate a name you simply need to visit our JUSTGIVING PAGE and donate a minimum of £10 along with the name of the person and the reason for the nomination in the donation comment.  We will be adding the names throughout the Summer and sharing updates via our social media pages as the blue outer-surface of the Spitfire slowly begins to be covered in the names of our nations local heroes!"

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