A group of partners and spouses from RAF Brize Norton recently joined a virtual coffee afternoon with RAF Benevolent Fund Controller, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, and Lady Katie Wigston, solicitor, and wife of Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston.
Airplay members at RAF Benson have stayed in touch during coronavirus restrictions using the new Airplay Connect digital platform. They tell us how COVID-19 has impacted their lives.
Airplay youth support scheme, which provides a safe place for youngsters whose parents serve in the RAF, will receive £110K funding over the next three years from the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships.
A cycle challenge celebrating the centenary of Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM launches on 25 November, Johnny’s 99th birthday. Johnny is the last surviving original member of Operation Chastise, also known as the Dambusters raid of 1943.
RAF Valley has reopened two play parks following a refurbishment project to improve the safety for children using these facilities. The project, which cost £33,000, was funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity.
Youngsters from RAF Brize Norton's Airplay group arranged a special gift for local nursing home residents to mark this year's Remembrance Day.
On 26 November and 2 December, the RAF Benevolent Fund will host its latest Thrive workshops: "Festive-proof Your Relationships". The online workshops, aimed at partners and spouses of serving personnel, aim to help participants gain a better understanding about the similarities and the differences in people and how we can avoid frictions to work together better in our relationships – both personal and professional.
Earlier this year, the RAF Benevolent Fund joined forces with the Blades Aerobatic Team to launch a commentary competition to find a future voice of the air shows.
Waddington Airplay group members have been determined not to let COVID-19 restrictions affect their meetings. They've got creative and gone digital to enable the youngsters to continue receiving support, giving them a place to let off steam.
RAF Benevolent Fund Controller, Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, calls on us all to encourage the next generation to remember the lessons of the past and the sacrifices of all those who have gone before.