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  • Tug of War Pulling Together with the Fund
    Pulling together with the support of the Fund

    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.

  • VE Day 75 anniversary Warrant Officer Jack Watson
    "I had never seen so much food in all my life"

    Warrant Officer Jack Watson will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day quietly, remembering his comrades and the 'band of brothers' who saw him through 77 operations flying with Bomber Command during the Second World War.

  • Trustee lead NHS Nightingale Hospital
    RAF Benevolent Fund Trustee to lead latest NHS Nightingale Hospital

    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.

  • Decades of Support featuring RAF veteran Reg Lawrence
    "Without the Fund I'd spend all day on my own"

    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.

  • Falcons Covid-19 RAF Benevolent Fund
    An RAF Falcon talks fear, faith and coping with the coronavirus pandemic

    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.

  • Sue CEWs Covid-19
    A day in the life of a Community Engagement Worker during lockdown

    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.

  • Our response to COVID-19
    Fund response to Covid-19

    The welfare of our beneficiaries is at the centre of the Fund's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to reassure anyone currently supported by the Fund, or anyone who needs our support, that we are working hard to ensure we will be able to continue to meet their needs.

  • RAF Airplay Valley Connor Pandemic Covid-19.png
    "Airplay is an amazing place to meet new friends and try new things"

    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.

  • Andrew Stevens Covid-19.png
    "I'm proud to be on the frontline again, supporting the battle against coronavirus"

    Ex-serviceman Andrew Stevens explains how the RAF Benevolent Fund's support allowed him to manage his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and continue his job as a key worker delivering groceries in his community through the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Sue Holderness on a Tigermoth
    Sue Holderness backs competition commemorating the Battle of Britain

    We have launched a new competition inviting the public to write a script telling a fictional story based on the Battle of Britain, in which Royal Air Force pilots bravely fought in the skies above Britain to defend our shores from Nazi invasion.

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