Former RAF Regiment serviceman Darren Kamara is taking part in this month's Invictus Games which starts on 10 September in London. The Games will see injured servicemen and women from around the world competing in a range of sports including athletics, road cycling and swimming. Darren, who has been supported by the Fund, is taking part in the archery competition and in this guest blog, he tells us how his training for the Games has been coming along.
On 21 August, some our staff took part in planting poppies at the Tower of London for its unique WWI commemorative installation. Our Public Relations Officer Samantha Budde was one of the volunteers and in this guest blog she tells us more about the installation that honours the British servicemen who died in the Great War.
Amanda Brumpton was just 29 and a mother of two young children when she lost her husband, Leading Aircraftman Gary in 2010. For the past five years, she and son Connor, now 15, and daughter Amy, now 10, have attended a FAB (Families' Activity Breaks) camp. FAB supports bereaved military families and this year we awarded FAB with a £10,000 grant to help them offer four one-week camps in Whitby, Coverack, and Lewes for 50 families. In a guest blog, Amanda tells us how her holidays with FAB have helped her family through their bereavement.
Leading Aircraftman Callum Jones, 22, has set himself a big challenge to raise money for our work. Earlier this year he signed up to take part in three running events and with one event already completed, Callum is back in training for the next two. In a guest blog, Callum tells us more.
With thousands in need on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq, the RAF has been delivering vital humanitarian relief. RAF Hercules, the work horse aircraft of the RAF, have completed aid drops in recent nights and delivered desperately needed supplies.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is honoured to be the chosen charity for the first ever Chepstow Racecourse 'Proms in the Park' with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Classic FM. Our Regional Fundraiser, Cerys Sadler tells us more.
From the aircraft flown to the technology on board, the pilots of the First World War would be amazed by the progress that has been made and wouldn't recognise the job carried out by the pilots of 6 Squadron today.
3 August marked the 100th anniversary of the deployment of No. 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps from Montrose Airfield to Dover in preparation for what would become World War One. It was a case of every man for himself in the quest to get to the coast in time to meet the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, who were assembling in preparation to cross the English Channel.
The creation of the Royal Flying Corps on 13 May 1912 saw the founding of the first three squadrons, numbers 1, 2, and 3. And although its numbering forever places it second, the early history of No. 2 Squadron is one of heroic firsts and bears out the Squadron’s informal motto, 'Second to None'.
With these simple lines, dropped in a bottle from a biplane to gunners of the 87th Royal Field Artillery, No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps pioneered cooperation between the Army and airpower, and ushered in airpower as an element in the First World War.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is very excited to be attending the Bristol Balloon Fiesta from 7-10 August for the first time. Our Regional Fundraiser, Cerys Sadler tells us more.
Martin Watson is an intern in our Fundraising and Communications team. In a guest blog, Martin tells us more about some of the work he's been doing as part of his internship.
This September brothers Ben and Tom Colombari from East Yorkshire will be taking part in the Freedom Trail from Discover Adventure. This challenge will see them trekking in the Pyrenees, starting in France and going over the high mountains into Spain. In a guest blog, Ben Colombari tells us why he and his brother wanted to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Staff from 2 MT Squadron have been doing a variety of fundraising for us this year, so far raising over £2,000 for our work. In a guest blog Sergeant Si Mudford tells us about his team's fundraising achievements.
Kate McKie joined the RAF Benevolent Fund in March as our Regional Fundraiser for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England. In a guest blog, Kate tells us more about her role and what her first few months at the charity have been like.
This year the RAF Benevolent Fund was once again at the Waddington Air Show for two days of thrilling air displays. In a guest blog, our Regional Fundraiser Gemma Mahon tells us more about it.
The Invictus Games comes to London this September, giving injured servicemen and women from all over the world an opportunity to compete in nine sports including athletics, archery, road cycling and powerlifting. Former SAC Mike Goody, who was supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund after he was injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, hopes to go for Gold in the swimming competition for Team GB. He tells us more.
Last month a group of 31 supporters climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for our work. In a guest blog, Team RAFBF Lossiemouth member Karen Cox, who supported the group in their fundraising efforts, tells us more about it.
Earlier this month an inter-livery rifle shooting competition was held to raise money for our work. Colin Sach from the Worshipful Company of Bakers took part in the event and in this guest blog he tells us more about it.
RAF Benevolent Fund supporter and former RAF Regiment Gunner Sean Allerton has entered the next phase of his epic wheelchair push challenge which sees him visiting RAF stations and military buildings across the UK. In a guest blog, Sean tells us how the challenge has been coming along so far.
RAF Reservist Richard Poile is preparing to tackle the gruelling Fan Dance Challenge to raise funds for our work. In a guest blog, Richard tells us more about the challenge and his RAF background.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is very excited about a record-breaking challenge that supporter Ben Constable is planning to do later on in the year. Ben tells us more about his challenge in this guest blog.
This Father's Day we're celebrating RAF dads. Fire Support Group Section Commander Stuart Robinson is a dad of three and in this guest blog he tells us what Father's Day means to him.
The RAF Benevolent Fund’s Public Relations Officer Samantha Budde joined WWII veterans and HRH Princess Anne this week for a special ceremony to unveil a statue in honour of pioneering surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe and his ‘Guinea Pigs’. Samantha tells us more.
Cpl Stuart Goodhall and a team of RAF colleagues will be running the length of the River Thames from Kemble to the Thames Barrier to raise money for our work. In a guest blog, Stuart tells us more about this challenge.