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  • Rob Bugden Oxford Half 2019
    RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador Rob Bugden takes on the Oxford Half

    On 13 October, 44 fundraisers took part in the Oxford Half 2019 on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund, collectively raising almost £4,000 for the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

  • Izzy and Adele Airfest 2019
    RAF Cosford hosts AIRFEST 2019

    This year there were 19 Airplay Clubs attending AIRFEST 2019 at RAF Cosford. In this blog, Adele and Izzy share their story of how the day went.

  • RAF Coningsby Play Park
    £100K play parks project re-opens at RAF Coningsby

    Two revamped play parks at RAF Coningsby have been officially re-opened, following works costing £100,000. The project, funded by RAF welfare charity the RAF Benevolent Fund, redeveloped the existing play areas.

  • RAF High Wycombe Welfare Facility
    RAF High Wycombe launches a new community hub

    Last week a new community facility to support RAF families living at RAF High Wycombe was opened by Mrs Kate Wigston and RAF Benevolent Fund Chief Executive Air Vice-Marshal David Murray.

  • Mark Cunningham World Mental Health Day
    On the road to recovery – World Mental Health Day

    The loss of several loved ones in a short space of time left Sgt Mark Cunningham feeling depressed and suffering from panic attacks. With support from the RAF and the RAF Benevolent Fund he is now back on track and has agreed to tell his story for World Mental Health Day.

  • Operation Market Garden 75 years
    Operation Market Garden 75th Anniversary

    This year marks 75 years since Operation Market Garden, the largest ever airborne mission. Although ultimately a failure, General Montgomery's plan became known as a 'glorious defeat' and showed the bravery, tenacity and determination of the British Armed Forces.

  • RAF Shawbury Station Commander Group Captain Chris Mullen and guests
    RAF Shawbury Annual Reception celebrates RAF Benevolent Fund's centenary

    The station held its Annual Reception to celebrate the Fund's 100th anniversary and to thank the people and organisations who have supported the station throughout the year.

  • Dan and Jamima walking on a mountain
    "Without the RAF Benevolent Fund we would be divorced right now"

    The counsellor helped us to communicate with each other and really listened. Together, we developed better strategies to cope when my husband is away and it brought us together again as a team.

  • An RAF family
    "Don't hide from the problem – ask for help"

    To date, more than 5,600 serving personnel and their family members have accessed our relationship support service in partnership with Relate. RAF couple Caroline and Sam shared how it had a positive impact on their relationship.

  • Mike Ling Blades Pilot RAF Benevolent Fund
    "I was thankful to have my life"

    Squadron Leader Mike Ling tells how his dream job almost came to a catastrophic end following a mid-air collision and how we were able to help him get back on his feet and in the air.

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