Chief Technician Mike Hawkins joined the RAF in Feb '99, serving as a TG5 Technician. Today, Mike is based at RAF Brize Norton and competes in the RAF Tug of War team, proud supporters of the Fund.
In our second blog to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Manna, we take a look at one of the more recent humanitarian aid missions undertaken by the RAF. Record rainfall last August had left a dam in Derbyshire in danger of breaching its defences, threatening a town below. Within hours of receiving the call, a Chinook was on site, dropping tonnes of gravel to shore up the defences.
Monday saw the opening of the seventh NHS Nightingale Hospital in Bristol and at its helm will be RAF Benevolent Fund Trustee Marie-Noelle Orzel.
Seventy-five years ago today a group of young pilots and their crews began a series of daring raids which saved a starving nation. The Op Manna food drops over the Netherlands became one of the first humanitarian aid missions undertaken by the Royal Air Force in the dying days of the Second World War.
Families at RAF Odiham have received activity packs to help keep children occupied during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. The activity packs are the result of a grant awarded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity.
RAF veteran Reg Lawrence thoroughly enjoys his weekly chats with his friends on the Fund's Telephone Friendship Group. Now as the country is locked down and vulnerable elderly residents are shielded from COVID-19, he values the contact more than ever.
In a first for the military charity sector, the RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new online application form to allow members of the RAF Family to access support more easily.
Sgt Bobby Menarry joined the RAF in 2010, serving as a Parachute Training Instructor (PTI). Fast forward a decade and Bobby is now a member of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, proud supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Our Community Engagement Worker Sue Grogan shares what her typical working day under lockdown looks like and explains how her team is continuing to support vulnerable members of the RAF Family throughout the pandemic.
Airplay member Connor McLoughlin tells us what he's missing about his youth club, which is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connor usually attends Airplay at RAF Valley.