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  • Poppy planting at the Tower of London

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    29 August 2014Samantha Budde

    Poppy planting teamOn 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.

  • How a FAB holiday helped my bereaved family

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    27 August 2014

    Amy BrumptonAmanda 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.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Supporter's '3 events' challenge

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    19 August 2014

    Callum JonesLeading 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.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Bringing humanitarian aid to Iraq

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    15 August 2014

    Iraq aid dropWith 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.

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  • Chepstow 'Proms in the Park' supports the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    12 August 2014Cerys Sadler

    Chepstow 'Proms in the Park'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.

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  • From the BE2 to the Typhoon: 6 Squadron today

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    07 August 2014

    Eurofighter Typhoon 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.

  • It was a case of 'every man for himself'

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    06 August 2014

    WW1 centenary commemoration at Montrose3 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.

  • No. 2 Squadron: Second to None

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    05 August 2014

    William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse VCThe 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'.

  • "You hit them. We must go home. No petrol."

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    04 August 2014

    Captain JHW Becke of No. 6 SquadronWith 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.

  • Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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    01 August 2014Cerys Sadler

    Staff managing our marqueeThe 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.

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  • My brilliant internship with the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    29 July 2014

    Martin WatsonMartin 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.

    Categories: Working for RAFBF

  • Brothers' adventure in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    25 July 2014

    Tom and Ben ColombariThis 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.

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  • 2 MT Squadron raise over £2,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    22 July 2014

    2 MT SquadronStaff 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.

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  • My exciting role as an RAF Benevolent Fund fundraiser

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    17 July 2014

    Kate McKie 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.

    Categories: Working for RAFBF

  • A wonderful Waddington Air Show

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    14 July 2014Gemma Mahon

    Waddington Air Show 2014This 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.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Mike sets his sights on Invictus Games

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    07 July 2014

    Michael GoodyThe 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.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Team's Ben Nevis trek

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    03 July 2014

    Ben Nevis trekkersLast 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.

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  • Charity shoot raises £5,000 for our work

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    30 June 2014

    Inter-livery rifle shooting competition 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.

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  • My wheelchair push challenge for the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    26 June 2014

    Sean AllertonRAF 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.

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  • RAF Reservist's Fan Dance Challenge for the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    19 June 2014

    Richard PoileRAF 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.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • RAFBF supporter attempts Guinness World Record

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    16 June 2014

    Ben ConstableThe 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.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • What Father's Day means to me

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    13 June 2014

    Stuart Robinson with his son GeorgeThis 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.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Statue unveiled for WWII surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe

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    11 June 2014Samantha Budde

    Statue honouring Sir Archibald McIndoeThe 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.

    Categories: World War Two

  • RAF team's fundraising run for the RAF Benevolent Fund

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    10 June 2014

    Cpl Stuart Goodhall and his team 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.

    Categories: Fundraising

  • Remembering the veterans of D-Day

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    06 June 2014

    Lee WrakeSergeant Lee Wrake joined the RAF at the age of 19. On 6 June 1944 he landed on Omaha Beach, and after saving a man who was hit in the stomach, he himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel. Lee, now aged 94, recently turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund after he found simple tasks, like bathing, more and more difficult. We were able to install a wetroom and provide a riser recliner chair to make home life a little easier for this D-Day veteran.

    Categories: D-Day