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  • RAF veterans recognised at Soldiering On Awards

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    20 April 2015

    Mick McConnell and MemphisThree exceptional RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiaries were recognised at the charity's annual ceremony in central London.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Why I'm supporting the Brompton Bike Challenge

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    17 April 2015

    Air Vice-Marshal Andy Turner with the RAF Benevolent Fund Brompton.More than 40 people have already signed up to take part in the RAF Benevolent Fund charity Brompton Bike ride from Paris to London this September. In this blog, Air Vice Marshal Andy Turner explains why he decided to get involved.

    Categories: Fundraising; Challenges

  • Ryan's Benson to Paris bike ride

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    13 April 2015

    Ryan MorrisSquadron Leader Ryan Morris will be embarking on a bike ride next month alongside a team of 10 to raise money for our work. Ryan tells us more in this blog.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • WWII veteran remembers Op Exodus on its 70th anniversary

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    02 April 2015

    Dave FellowesDuring the Second World War thousands of Allied fighters were held prisoner in camps across Europe. As the war drew to an end there were fears these prisoners of war could be left to starve or fall victim to revenge attacks carried out by their German guards. Operation Exodus, which began 70 years ago on 3 April, was launched to evacuate these men safely in one of the RAF's first humanitarian missions. Veteran Dave Fellowes describes what it was like to take part.

    Categories: World War Two

  • Celebrate RAF97 and fundraise for the RAF family

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    01 April 2015

    CakesIt's time to break out the candles and party hats, as we celebrate the Royal Air Force's 97th birthday on April 1st! The RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, is marking the occasion by celebrating 97 of our Superstar Supporters.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Guinea Pigs gather to celebrate friendship and innovation

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    27 March 2015

    Guinea Pig veterans.Enduring friendship and camaraderie borne out of shared experiences has bound a unique group of military veterans for more than 70 years. This week they gathered at Princess Marina House for a gala dinner.

  • 70th anniversary of Operation Varsity

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    24 March 2015

    Operation Varsity RAF personnelThousands of troops and thousands of aircraft took part in one of the largest-scale operations carried out during the Second World War, 70 years ago today. On March 24, 1945, soldiers and airmen combined to implement Operation Varsity and disrupt German defences to aid the advance of Allied ground forces. Flying Officer Bunny Mason, 91, remembers his role in the mission.

    Categories: World War Two

  • RAF Benson staff compete in Reading Half Marathon to raise vital funds

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    24 March 2015

    RAF Benson Reading Half Marathon teamMore than 75 personnel from RAF Benson took part in the Reading Half Marathon to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this summer, each runner was challenged to raise £75 for the charity. In a guest blog, Station Commander and Puma Force Commander, Group Captain Simon Paterson tells us more.

    Categories: Challenges

  • Remembering the RAF personnel who served in Afghanistan

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    17 March 2015

    Jacqui ThompsonOn Friday a service of commemoration was held at St Paul's Cathedral to mark the end of UK involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan. RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador, Jacqui Thompson, whose husband Gary, was killed while serving with the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan was there and tells us about the day in this blog.

    Categories: Afghanistan

  • I will be thinking of both my mum and dad this Mother's Day

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    13 March 2015

    Jeanne CorbinMargot Corbin's father, Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Corbin DFC, was the last of the 10 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots, known as Churchill's 'The Few'. Jimmy sadly passed away in 2012 but the RAF Benevolent Fund has supported Jimmy's wife, Jeanne, who suffers from Alzheimer's. In this blog, Margot explains that she'll not only be thinking of her mum this Mother's Day but her dad too.

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  • It's an MBE for a Northolt Youth Volunteer

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    10 March 2015

     Adam Bruerton receives his MBEIt was New Year unlike any other for Senior Aircraftman Adam Bruerton, who was named an MBE recipient in the New Year Honour List 2015 for his work with RAF Northolt youth. On 26 February, Adam received his MBE from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Adam has been working with young people at the Station since 2009 and takes a leading role in its Airplay youth programme.

    Categories: Airplay

  • New Advice and Advocacy Service launched

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    04 March 2015

    Woman on telephoneOn 1 April 2015 a new important piece of legislation will come into force. The Care Act 2014 will change the way that community care is assessed and provided. At the RAF Benevolent Fund, we have launched a new Advice and Advocacy Service to provide members of the RAF family with advice to help them the benefits and care they’re entitled to. Charlotte Bull, our Care Services Advocacy Executive, explains more.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Dambuster Les Munro to auction medals benefitting the Bomber Command Memorial

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    02 March 2015

    Les MunroWWII hero and Dambuster Les Munro will be auctioning his medals and log books later this month with the proceeds from the sale going towards maintaining the Bomber Command Memorial. His awards, which include the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross, are expected to fetch between £40,000 and £50,000. In this blog, Les explains the reasons behind his decision to auction his medals.

    Categories: World War Two

  • XV(R) Squadron makes fundraising pledge to mark centenary

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    27 February 2015

    XV(R) Squadron personnelThe sky's the limit for airmen serving on one of the RAF's oldest squadrons as they prepare to mark their centenary year. Personnel at RAF Lossiemouth have pledged to raise £15,000 in celebration of the Squadron's XV moniker.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Andrew signs up for our Brompton Bike Challenge

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    25 February 2015

    Andrew McMasterHelicopter pilot Andrew McMaster will be getting on a Brompton bike this September to take part in our exciting Brompton Bicycle Challenge from Paris to London. In this guest blog, Andrew tells us why he wanted to enter the event.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Meeting the needs of RAF families in need of a break

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    19 February 2015

    An RAF familyLast month we launched an appeal to raise £360,000 to build two much-needed seaside apartments for RAF families. Long tours of Afghanistan, separation and frequent moves add to the pressures of family life and many RAF families just need a few days away together to recuperate. Seaside Cottages Manager, Shirley Steeples, tells us why we urgently need to build two new apartments this year.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Jack's million metre row for the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    17 February 2015

    Sgt Jack ElkinAir Traffic Controller Sgt Jack Elkin will be undertaking a huge challenge next month when he rows a million metres to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, Jack tells us more.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Valentine's special: Irene and Jim

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    12 February 2015

    Jim VidlerIn our third Valentine's blog celebrating RAF couples, we bring you the story of Jim and Irene Vidler. Jim was a Battle of Britain veteran who sadly passed away on 10 November 2014. Jim had been married to Irene for 48 years and during that time they never spent a day apart. Jim suffered from Alzheimer's and was nursed by Irene at home during his final weeks after he contracted septicaemia. She tells us why you can never say goodbye to the love of your life.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Valentine's special: Amy and Stuart

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    11 February 2015

    Stuart and Amy RobinsonIn our second Valentine's blog celebrating RAF couples, we bring you the story of former RAF Corporal Amy Robinson and her husband Stuart. In 2013, Stuart, also a former RAF Corporal, was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He was later supported by the Fund who helped Stuart to buy a specially adapted mountain trike to improve his quality of life. In this guest blog, Amy tells us about their life together including the day she first learnt that Stuart had been injured.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Valentine's special: Rebecca and Colin

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    09 February 2015

    Rebecca and ColinThis week in the run up to Valentine's Day, we're celebrating RAF couples and today we start with Rebecca Scott and her RAF partner Colin. Although the couple don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, this Valentine's is set to be different as Colin will be back from a deployment in the Falklands. In this guest blog, Rebecca tells us how she and Colin met and what their plans are for February 14th.

    Categories: RAF family

  • My role as an Airplay Youth Worker

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    05 February 2015

    Tom CavalotLast year Tom Cavalot won the hotly contested Airplay Youth Worker of the Year award at the RAFBF Awards. Tom's innovative approach to youth work has inspired and motivated RAF young people at RAF Cosford, where he is based. Tom tells us why he loves his job and what it was like to bag a top award.

    Categories: Airplay

  • Friends to replicate Falklands yomp to raise money for Seaside Apartments Appeal

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    03 February 2015

    Falklands yompFor Tahir Mirza, returning to the Falkland Islands this week will bring back a flood of memories. Thirty-three years ago he helped liberate the Islands and saw firsthand the vital role the RAF played in the conflict. On 8 February, along with 10 leading businessmen, Tahir will return to the Falkland Islands to trek 120km in freezing temperatures, following the historic route taken by the Royal Marines 45 Commando Group in 1982.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • The words no Commander wants to hear

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    30 January 2015

    A Hercules C130KToday marks 10 years since Hercules C130K flight XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all 10 crew. In this blog Group Captain Mike Neville recalls the day.

  • Eren's skydive for charity

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    28 January 2015

    Eren NasibDespite being afraid of heights, 25-year-old supporter Eren Nasib recently took to the sky to complete a skydive to raise money for our work. Eren tells us more.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • RAF Scampton youth wrap up memorable year

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    23 January 2015

    Airplay at RAF Scampton2014 will be remembered as an exciting year for the RAF Scampton Airplay programme, taking its participants on a journey through time, from the World War One battlefields of France, to a World War Two-era tea dance at RAF Kirton in Lindsey and to the present day, visiting the recent poppy installation at the Tower of London and seeing a West End play.

    Categories: Airplay