A team of very brave civilians have challenged the Royal Air Force to a two man bobsleigh race, in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Rosie Gibbons from our fundraising team tells us more:
Gaz Ritchie is currently deployed to Afghanistan from RAF Lossiemouth, where his young son is participating in our Airplay project. While he’s deployed, Gaz will be fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He tells us more in this blog post.
Graham and Jo Laurie are long time ambassadors for the RAF Benevolent Fund. This year Graham and Jo have entered a RAF Benevolent Fund themed tree in the Great Missenden Christmas Tree Festival.
In his final blog post from his recent Afghan deployment, Wing Commander Simon Ling tells us the NATO presence is making a difference to the people of Afghanistan.
In his second of three blog posts from his recent Afghan deployment, Wing Commander Simon Ling tells us about the work of the RAF’s Medical Emergency Response Team.
Wing Commander Simon Ling, a long time supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, has just completed a six month Afghan deployment as part of a tri-service logistics team. In the first of three blog posts, Simon reveals his impressions of Afghanistan.
Growing up on an RAF base isn’t always easy. They are mostly in isolated locations and one of your parents will often be away on deployment or training. That’s why we’ve set up Airplay, our programme to support RAF families and young people.
Jacqui Thompson’s husband, Gary, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 while serving with the RAF Regiment. The RAF Benevolent Fund was there for Jacqui and her daughters at this difficult time. Jacqui tells us what the two minutes silence on Remembrance Day means to her in this blog post:
Richard Kornicki CBE is chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, which was formed this year to continue the remembrance of the Polish contribution to the war effort. Here he talks about his father, Franciszek Kornicki, the only surviving Polish squadron commander in the UK, and the great importance of remembrance:
If you watched the Remembrance Special Who Wants To Be A Millionaire last night you’ll know Sergeant Dutch Holland won a fantastic £50,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In this blog post Dutch tells us what it was like to be in the hot seat:
By now you will have heard the sad news that Red 5, Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, died after a tragic accident at RAF Scampton.
Tomorrow there will be a special Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to mark Remembrance, in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund and our partner charities from the other two services. Sergeant Dutch Holland will be representing the RAF in the show. Dutch tells us more in this blog post:
We had a great response to our Fly with a Spitfire competition, but unfortunately there is only one winner for this fantastic prize, kindly donated by Action Stations!
The RAF Benevolent Fund gets no government funding, so we rely on the generosity of the great British public. A great example of this generosity in action is the fantastic fundraising by the air cadets from 2211 (Bracknell) ATC Squadron.
Last year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the RAF Benevolent Fund ran an online campaign called the 1940 Chronicle. We’re really pleased to let you know that the 1940 Chronicle has won an award – the PR Week award for best in digital and social media.
We’re not just there for RAF personnel, we support their children and families as well. Georgia, the daughter of a squadron leader at RAF Odiham, is profoundly deaf, so we stepped in to help. Paul Hewson, our regional director, tells us more.
Last week a group of new staff from our London office had the privilege of visiting Princess Marina House, our flagship welfare break centre on the south coast. Glyn Llewellyn, from our welfare team, fills us in:
Medical personnel from all three armed services stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan are raising money for charity by running, cycling and rowing back to Blighty.
Marshall Group is a very successful family run business, comprising of four companies – motor retails, land systems, executive travel, and aerospace. Marshall Group has been a fantastic supporter of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for a long time.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is committed to supporting members of the RAF family in need. We provide a lot of services ourselves, and we also fund specialist services through our partner charities. Combat Stress is one of those charities.
Alex Ford is an RAF sergeant who is currently deployed on the Afghan frontline, and has been blogging about his experiences in the field. Today, to mark Battle of Britain Day, Alex has written this guest blog post from Afghanistan.
Duncan Slater, a sergeant in the RAF Regiment, lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Duncan wanted to do something to support the RAF Benevolent Fund, so he decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Duncan tells us more in this post:
Jade and Peter Harrison grew up in the married quarters in RAF Brize Norton, where their dad is stationed with the RAF. This year they completed an amazing challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
A team of eight RAF personnel based at RAF High Wycombe have set off on an epic cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
If you’ve been following our blog you’ll already have heard about the Spitfire found in a bog in Ireland. Johnny McNee, a long time supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, got permission to excavate the site and recover the Spitfire.