The RAF Benevolent Fund is delighted to have been chosen as one of the nominated charities for the Llandudno Air Show that takes place on Saturday 24 May 2014. Our Regional Fundraiser, Cerys Sadler tells us more about what is set to be a fantastic air show.
Samantha Budde is our Public Relations Officer who began working for the Fund in February. In this guest blog, Samantha tells us about her role and about her first few months working for the charity.
Jim Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the RAF Benevolent Fund on Sunday and in a guest blog he explains why he chose to support our charity.
This September a mammoth motorcycle ride to the Netherlands is taking place to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Motorcycle Outreach. In this blog the organiser, Simon Dufton, tells us more about this motorcycling adventure.
Wing Commander John Shields from RAF High Wycombe is taking part in a tough cycle challenge through Tuscany along with a few of his colleagues to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, John tells us more about the challenge.
Chris Devine knows only too well how difficult it is juggling family life but with three grown-up children, rather than taking things easy, Chris adopted three children, two of whom have learning disabilities. Chris has also fostered two four-year-olds and an 18-month-old baby. Chris tells us why this Mother's Day she's looking forward to being at home with her former RAF daughter, Annie.
In the run-up to Mother's Day, we're celebrating RAF mums. Sgt Pers Spt Lisa Purves is a mum of two based at RAF Brize Norton. In this guest blog, Lisa tells us about her life as an RAF mum and what she's looking forward to on Mother's Day.
Today we remember the 50 men who were murdered by the Gestapo after escaping from Stalag Luft III in The Great Escape.
Author and historian Steve Darlow today joined air force veterans at Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Great Escape. In a guest blog, Steve tells us more about this poignant gathering.
Of the 76 men who escaped from Stalag Luft III, three managed to reach safety, 50 were shot, 17 were returned to Sagan, four were sent to Sachsenhausen and two were sent to Colditz Castle. In this blog, former PoW Charles Clarke tell us about finally being released from the camp.
As the PoWs began to escape through the tunnel on the night of 24 March 1944, it was a long wait for Jack Lyon as he stood in the queue in Hut 104. In this blog, Jack tells us about that historic night and the eventual discovery of the tunnel by the guards.
A volunteer fundraising group based at RAF Lossiemouth is getting involved in our RAF96 celebrations by hosting a range of fundraising activities to support our work. In a guest blog, Karen Cox, a member of Team RAFBF Lossiemouth, tells us more.
Of the 76 who escaped from Stalag Luft III, 50 were handed over to the Gestapo and shot dead. In this blog, former PoW Charles Clarke tells us how The Great Escape film has helped ensure that these men are never forgotten.
Former PoW Charles Clarke tells us what life was like for the prisoners at Stalag Luft III.
Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon explains how the PoWs at Stalag Luft III were split into three groups as they carefully planned their escape.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has been chosen as the nominated charity for a superb new company called Revolution Runs who on 18 May will be hosting a new challenge event called 'The Burn'. Welsh International rugby player Adam Jones is one of the organisers of The Burn and in a guest blog he tells us more about it.
The RAF Benevolent Fund's Director of Welfare and Policy, Paul Hughesdon is taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this April to raise money for RAFBF and for the RAF Association. In a guest blog, Paul tells us more.
Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III after being captured on enemy territory. In this blog, Charles tells us about his capture.
Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon, 96, was 25 when he entered Stalag Luft III's north compound. He became involved in the escape after being moved from the east to the north compound but, he says, escape information was strictly on a 'need to know' basis and he had no idea how truly audacious the plan was.
The mastermind of The Great Escape was Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Described by his Commanding Officer as ‘one of the greatest of his generation’, Bushell was born and brought up in South Africa but went to school in England, studied law at Cambridge and became a London barrister.
Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was 20 years old when he was shot down over enemy territory serving in Bomber Command. He was captured whilst trying to flee to safety in Switzerland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the time of The Great Escape. Now 90 years old, Charles shares his recollections of life in the RAF and as a PoW in Stalag Luft III.
Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon was just 23 when he joined the RAF as an Aircraftman. He entered Stalag Luft III, the scene of The Great Escape, in 1942 when it opened and was later moved to the north compound, home to the tunnels 'Tom' , 'Dick' and 'Harry'.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week that celebrates the contribution made by apprentices. Rebecca Grosvenor is an apprentice at the RAF Benevolent Fund and in a guest blog she tells us more about her role and what she enjoys about working at the Fund.
Across the UK people have been signing up to take part in our RAF96 fundraising celebrations. Andrew Russell is one of many getting involved and in a guest blog, Andrew tells us more about how he'll be raising money for us.
RAF chef Richy Hartley is raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund by doing the Inca trek to Machu Picchu. In this guest blog, Richy tells us more about his challenge and how his training and preparations for it have been coming along.