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  • Mike Straney DFC RAFBF
    New Director of Fundraising and Communications joins RAF Benevolent Fund

    We have appointed a new Director of Fundraising and Communications, with Mike Straney joining our senior leadership team in May. Mike has worked in fundraising for 14 years, with previous roles in corporate partnerships at Marie Curie and Breast Cancer Campaign.

  • Queen's Colour Squadron on COVID-19.png
    How my RAF Regiment training has helped me during the COVID-19 pandemic

    SAC Sam Lake explains how his experiences with the RAF Regiment have taught him to cope with the uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has brought.

  • RAF Rugby Mental Health Awareness Day
    RAF Rugby Union champion the Fund's support for sport

    We are acutely aware that sport can have an incredibly positive impact on the morale and wellbeing of individuals. Here, Group Captain Jamie Thompson of RAF Rugby Union explains how the Fund's support makes a massive difference to the team's wellbeing.

  • RAF Red Arrows Kirsty Murphy Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
    Former Red Arrows pilot Kirsty Murphy on mental health

    As the first female RAF Red Arrows pilot, Kirsty Murphy enjoyed applause and respect whenever she displayed. Behind the scenes however, Kirsty was struggling. She found herself suffering from anxiety attacks and sleep disorders.

  • Decades of Support featuring RAF veteran Reg Lawrence
    Our response to COVID-19

    For the past 100 years, the Fund has stood side by side with the RAF Family during its toughest times and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception. The welfare of our beneficiaries and staff have been and will continue to be at the forefront of all we do.

  • A flight 219 Sqn RAF Catterick 15 August 1940
    Tribute to Terry Clark DFM

    We are saddened to hear Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark DFM passed away yesterday. Terry was one of two remaining air crew, The Few, who took to the skies in the summer of 1940 to defend Great Britain against Nazi invaders. 

  • VE Day 75th Anniversary RAF BF
    RAF veterans receive VE Day party packages to celebrate at home

    With the country in lockdown and the public participation element of VE Day 75 commemorations cancelled, the RAF Benevolent Fund has taken the party to veterans living in West Sussex.

  • Crowds celebrate VE Day in 1945
    "We lifted the piano out and lit it on the parade square"

    Seventy-five years ago today the Allies celebrated as peace was declared in Europe. Such was the delight of Sonny Davies and his comrades, they dragged a piano into the parade square and set it alight!

  • Nobby Hill VE Day 75 RAF BF
    "We were glad we wouldn't hear the sirens anymore"

    As the nation prepares to mark 75 years since VE Day tomorrow, RAF veteran Nobby Hill tells us what it was like as a teenager. Nobby, now 89, joins a weekly Telephone Friendship Group chat which keeps him company during the isolation of lockdown.

  • Decades of Support featuring RAF veteran Reg Lawrence
    "I remember dancing in the street with mum and dad"

    As the nation looks to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, we spoke to RAF veteran Reg Lawrence about what he remembers from the historic day. Just a teenager at the time, Reg would go on to serve in the RAF in the 1950s.

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