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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Why the men of Bomber Command must never be forgotten

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    04 June 2014

    John BellBefore any troops even set foot on the beaches on 6 June 1944 Bomber Command had already lost almost 300 aircraft and 2,000 men (1,500 killed) attacking invasion targets. Wing Commander John Bell MBE tells us about the significant contribution made by the RAF and Bomber Command in D-Day and why it must never be forgotten.

    Categories: D-Day

  • "What a sight it was to look down and see so many boats, like a giant armada!"

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    03 June 2014

    Bunny MasonFlying Officer Bunny Mason, 90, was a lone rear gunner on the Stirling Mk 4, which was specially adapted for D-Day to tow gliders over the Normandy beaches. The British Airspeed Horsa glider was used to transport paratroops and equipment, hundreds landing within just a few square kilometres once they were released.

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  • Spearheading the attack on Fortress Europe

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    02 June 2014

    AircraftSpearheading the attack on Normandy was just the start of Geoff Packham's extraordinary experience as the end of the war approached.

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  • "Abandon aircraft chaps"

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    01 June 2014

    Jack LottNavigator John 'Jack' Lott had just celebrated his 25th birthday weeks before D-Day, sadly this was the last birthday he would celebrate.

    Categories: D-Day

  • "I had to change a Hurricane's engine"

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    31 May 2014

    Lee Wrake with a colleagueSergeant Lee Wrake, 94, was just 19-years-old when he joined the RAF as a mechanic. On 6 June 1944 – D-Day - he was responsible for transporting vehicles on to Omaha beach – a difficult task as many vehicles became waterlogged before they even reached shore.

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  • Perfect gifts for dads this Father's Day

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    30 May 2014

    Sptifire mugFather's Day is fast approaching and we have a great range of gifts for you to choose from in our Father's Day collection. Best of all, you'll be supporting the RAF family.

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  • "Back in the mess we'd say, 'Here's to the health of so-and-so and here's to the next one to die'"

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    30 May 2014

    Rusty WaughmanFlight Lieutenant Rusty Waughman was a 21-year-old pilot flying Lancasters with 101 Squadron on 4 June 1944. Their mission was to listen in on German Fighter Control's instructions and jam broadcasts to their fleet. In 1944 he safely landed a Lancaster following a mid-air collision over Belgium with another Lancaster, saving all of his crew. After the war he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Categories: D-Day

  • Lives of RAF wives retold in a new book

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    29 May 2014

    Living in the Slipstream editorsToday sees the release of a new book called Living in the Slipstream: Life as an RAF Wife, a collection of stories told by wives of RAF personnel. The book includes a foreword from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and 100% of the authors' profits will be shared between the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal Air Force Association. Alison Bairsto who is one of the editors of the book tells us more about it.

    Categories: RAF family

  • Decoys and deception

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    29 May 2014

    John Bell MBEDecoys and deception were just as much a part of the D-Day campaign as the fighters in the air and the troops on the ground. Operation Taxable was conducted on 6 June 1944 and involved aluminium foil being dropped from 16 Lancasters which acted as a 'window' and blocked German radar. Wing Commander John Bell MBE was a Bomb Aimer with 617 Squadron and he recalls what it was like on that night.

    Categories: D-Day