BBC’s Children in Need was given a significant boost after a listener to Terry Wogan’s Breakfast Show bid more than £17,000 for a VIP trip to next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo.

The Battle of Britain themed package was offered as part of the Air Tattoo’s planned celebrations marking the 90th Pudsey at RIATanniversary of the Royal Air Force. The two-night package, which included a private tour of the underground Battle of Britain Ops Room at RAF Uxbridge plus a trip to the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, attracted a bid of £17,500 from a female listener in Cheshire.

The winning bidder and her guest will enjoy lunch in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Coningsby and a private tour of the BBMF’s historic aircraft before flying to the Air Tattoo on board an historic RAF Dakota aircraft to sample all the excitement of Europe’s largest airshow from the best seats in the house.

During their visit to RAF Fairford, they will join Sir Terry for lunch in the exclusive Patron’s Pavilion, attend the prestigious Air Tattoo Gala Dinner, enjoy two nights’ stay at one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds and meet the legendary Red Arrows