Prime Minister David Cameron received an early Christmas present from the RAF Benevolent Fund today when we delivered a copy of our Christmas single to him and wife Samantha.
2015 will see people across the country commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – the most significant aerial combat campaign in WWII and undoubtedly the RAF’s finest hour.
Following the soar away success of Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in cinemas, Disney launched the film on DVD this week and gave RAF families an opportunity to watch the high-flying comedy at RAF stations around the country.
This week saw us embarking on a campaign of a different kind – we released a Christmas single with the wonderfully talented RAF Spitfire Choir and Flight Lieutenant Matt Little from RAF College Cranwell. Raising money for us, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the single pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Accompanied by an equally moving video, the song is racing up the charts and we now have the festive number one spot in our sights!
Last week the RAF Benevolent Fund held its first full race day event at Chepstow Racecourse in the chilly but beautiful November sunshine. Regional Fundraiser Cerys Sadler tells us more.
Last week Her Majesty The Queen visited RAF Lossiemouth. She was presented with flowers from eight-year-old Lennon Gallagher who attends our Airplay programme at the station.
A team made up of RAF personnel and soldiers recently completed a 102-mile run to raise money for our work and ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Warrant Officer Phil Marland, who took part, tells us more.
Corporal Martin Atkinson from RAF Brize Norton is from an RAF family. In this guest blog, Martin tells us about the significance of Remembrance Day to him.
"I'm glad God's not deaf," said Wally Banford, 84, as he was fitted for hearing aids. Wally contacted the RAF Benevolent Fund this summer for help with hearing aids and we arranged for him to visit the headquarters of Starkey, a world leader in hearing aids.
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Sergeant Lee Wrake was just 19 when he landed on Omaha Beach. He was responsible for transporting vehicles safely onto shore. It was during this time that he saved a drowning man who was hit in the stomach and then Lee himself was hit in the chest by shrapnel. Every Remembrance Day Lee remembers his fallen colleagues who lost their lives on D-Day.
Clayton MacLean from Ruislip was one of our nine runners that took part in the Great South Run last Sunday. Here he tells us what the experience was like.
On Sunday 25 October RAF Reservist Allan Dillon took part in the Great South Run to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, Allan tells us why he chose to run in aid of our charity.
Steve and Mari Green are just one of many RAF families the RAF Benevolent Fund has helped. We bought the family a house and adapted it to make getting around easier for Steve who suffers from a spinal injury.
RAF wife Alexandra Goldstraw will be embarking on an exciting challenge this month along with her sister Jessica and brother Chris in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Their challenge will see each of them competing in running events across the world and in this guest blog, Alexandra tells us more about her family's 'Three Continents Challenge'.
Last month Pauline Evans who works at RAF Lossiemouth took part in the Baxters Running Festival to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, Pauline tells us more.
100 years ago today on 6 October 1914, No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps made its first ever operational deployment.
A team from 99 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, will be setting out on a 100-mile trek in October to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In a guest blog, team member Corporal Martin Atkinson tells us more.
Flight Lieutenant Dan Stendall last month took part in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Canada representing Team GB. In this blog, Dan tells us more about his RAF career, coping with PTSD and being a world triathlete.
Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin DFC was made a Freeman of Maidstone in 2010, only the 38th person to be honoured in more than a century. After his death in 2012, the RAF Benevolent Fund was able to help Jimmy's wife, Jeanne, who after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, was finding it more and more difficult to cope at home. Jimmy's daughter Margot explains how we helped her family during a very difficult time.
Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Corbin DFC had just 29 hours' flying time in the Spitfire when he joined No. 66 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Jimmy sadly passed away in 2012 but his youngest daughter, Margot, shares some memories of her heroic father who was the last of the ten Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots, known as Churchill’s 'The Few'.
The late Wing Commander Bob Foster gives his reasons for why the RAF ultimately defeated the Luftwaffe in the skies above Britain.
In an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose reveals his feelings about flying the Spitfire.
The late Hurricane pilot Wing Commander Bob Foster describes to us how he and his squadron (605) joined the Battle on one of its most decisive days.
Squadron Leader Chris Wright is taking part in Run to the Beat on Sunday in London's Wembley Park to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Here Chris tells us why he wanted to support our charity.
13 September is Roald Dahl Day, a day that celebrates the much loved author and his books. Roald Dahl served in the RAF during World War II as a pilot. In a special blog, RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador Graham Laurie looks back on Dahl's remarkable military career.