Today, we turn our focus to Air Training Corps (ATC) for Armed Forces Week. Air Cadets take part in various activities and sports as part of their training, but they have also been long-term supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The Dowding System was the air defence network used during The Battle of Britain. It has been credited for giving Britain a critical advantage over Germany, as they fought it out neck and neck in the sky during the summer and the autumn of 1940.
For RAF pilots Mike and David Waring, Father's Day is an opportunity to reflect on their family's service to the Royal Air Force, as the third and fourth generations to take to the skies in defence of Queen and country.
Children who attend Airplay, the Fund's youth support programme, have written to isolated elderly members of the RAF Family during the coronavirus lockdown.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Statement from AVM Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund
Racism, and any other form of discrimination, has no place at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and no place in our society. The brutal death of George Floyd has shone a spotlight on racism and inequality around the world and it is timely for me to share my commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in my role as CEO/Controller at the Fund.
On 30 May, four personnel from RAF Coningsby completed a fundraising challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. The team ran a combined total of 102km around the airfield to commemorate 102 years since the Royal Air Force was formed.
RAF partners and spouses can now access online mindfulness platform, Headspace, in a recent initiative launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund. Previously available to serving personnel only, it is now available to the partners of personnel, too.
Airplay Digital has been launched as a resource for all RAF young people and children to enjoy. The platform, developed by the Fund's Airplay partners Action for Children, was due to be introduced later this year but has been brought forward to help children who are isolated while at home under lockdown restrictions.
RAFA Amsterdam have donated €10,000 to help support the ongoing work at Princess Marina House, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s West Sussex respite and care centre.
Longstanding friends of the Fund, the Red Arrows, have been helping us keep in touch with lonely and isolated veterans. Whilst Cpl Dan Sargent joined our Telephone Friendship Groups, Cpl Ollie Kirk has been regularly calling veteran Reg Lawrence.