Kicking off the start of volunteers' week, we wanted to thank each and every one of our invaluable volunteers and supporters, who help make the RAF Benevolent Fund a charity that stands for the entire RAF Family.
Of the many incredible helpers we have here at the Fund, Alison Moodie, an ex-RAF Wing Commander, has been volunteering for the RAF Benevolent Fund since 2012, assisting with many events and fundraising activities- like the RAF Bulmer 'Spinathon' 2018, and the Interservice Rugby Tournament at Heriot-Watt University between the RAF, Army and Navy units from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
During her 48-year career as a Reservist in the Royal Air Force, Alison travelled the world as the commanding officer of a Medical Reserve Squadron, with the responsibility of deploying medical specialists to Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2006, Alison was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, and an OBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Along with her many great achievements within the community and in the RAF, Alison is now an active volunteer for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Alison, 67, said: "It's a highly rewarding experience being a volunteer for the Fund, when you know how much they do for every member of the RAF, especially the ones who may need their help.
"Being a volunteer gives me the opportunity to repay the RAF Benevolent Fund for the help that they gave my sister and my colleague during their time of need, along with many others that I've met over the years. It's a privilege to be involved, and it’s a great amount of fun!"
Alison saw first-hand the work the Fund does when Joanna, one of the RAF nurses she was working with, suffered life-changing injuries during field training. Almost at the same time, Alison's sister Katie, who served as a Corporal in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was left disabled following a severe illness. During this difficult time, the RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to help both Katie and Joanna.
"The RAF Benevolent Fund's kind and useful assistance to both girls made all the difference during this time. Since then I've tried to get involved with the Fund as much as possible, to help show my support for such an important organisation," says Alison.
Even with her busy schedule; completing a course at Edinburgh University, family life, and being chair of 603 Sqn Association, Alison still finds the time to support us in every way that she can, and for that, we thank her sincerely.