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  • Enter our Brompton Bicycle Challenge
    Get on board a Brompton!

    Do you fancy cycling across a Second World War airfield on a Brompton bike? Well here's your chance!

  • Jon 'Lenny' Nixon runs the London Marathon in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund
    Lenny's London Marathon

    Wing Commander Jon 'Lenny' Nixon recently took on the London Marathon, in this blog he reflects on his experiences.

  • Wayne Dennis
    97 thank yous to mark RAF97

    On 1 April the RAF Benevolent Fund launched a month of celebrations to mark the Royal Air Force's 97th birthday and set out to thank some of its most generous, creative, and long-standing supporters, volunteers, and fundraisers.

  • Operation Manna
    Commemorating 70th anniversary of Operation Manna

    It was the end of World War Two and the airmen of Bomber Command that propelled humanitarian relief work into the modern era.

  • Dave Fellowes
    "It was like dropping a shopping basket" - memories of Op Manna 70 years on

    For troops involved in Operation Manna, one of the RAF's first humanitarian aid missions, the knowledge they were helping to save lives rather than destroy them was key. Air gunner Warrant Officer Dave Fellowes was one of those tasked with dropping food for the starving Dutch people during WWII.

  • Flt Lt Ryan Foils
    When natural disasters strike the RAF is called on to deliver aid

    When the Pacific islands of Vanuatu were devastated by Cyclone Pam, the international community rallied to help. The RAF's C17 fleet was ideal to help deliver the humanitarian aid to such a remote corner of the ocean.

  • Flt Lt Daz Ryllo
    Quick response was key to helping Iraqi refugees

    When the RAF is called upon to help deliver humanitarian aid, a swift response is essential. You can't get swifter than arriving at work at RAF Brize Norton in the morning to dropping five tonnes of aid in Iraq by the evening. Hercules pilot Flt Lt Daz Ryllo and his crew did just that when UK Aid sent supplies to refugees isolated on a mountainside.

  • Op Cheshire
    RAF's longest running airlift helped save the people of Sarajevo

    The operation to keep the inhabitants of Sarajevo alive during civil war in the early 1990s remains the longest running airlift in the RAF’s history. It mirrored one of the RAF's first humanitarian aid drops, Operation Manna, when food was dropped for the starving Dutch people.

  • Op Bushel
    RAF carried out vital food drops to tackle famine in Ethiopia

    As we get ready to remember the 70th anniversary of Operation Manna, former Hercules navigator Paul Hewson looks back on the humanitarian aid mission he took part in. Operation BUSHEL became one of the biggest air-drops of its kind when more than 32,000 tonnes of supplies were delivered to the starving people of Ethiopia.

  • Lisa Bailey
    Lisa's RAFBF Award

    Lisa Bailey, from Lincoln, picked up an award for her dedication to youth support at RAF Scampton at the RAF Benevolent Fund's annual award ceremony.

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