IMPACT REPORT 2022
In 2022, we were proud to be there for the RAF Family, just as we always have been for the past century, quickly developing innovative support to meet the challenges of the day.
This year's report reflects the very broad range of support that the Fund provides. In 2022 we are proud to have supported over 40,700 RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families, offering financial, practical and emotional support. Demand for assistance of all kinds was higher than ever.
For over 100 years, we've been the RAF's most devoted friend, supporting the whole of the RAF Family, from the oldest veteran to the youngest child. Together, we’ll continue to be here in 2023 and beyond.
HOW WE WERE THERE FOR MICK CURRAN
Eight years into his career in the RAF, Mick was involved in a car collision which resulted in severe continuous pain.
In the years since, Mick has been diagnosed with conditions including chronic fatigue, complex PTSD and neuropathic pain syndrome.
“I got in touch with the Fund and was given a scooter and electric chair, which have made an enormous difference to my quality of life,” he says.
While recovering, Mick discovered a passion for archery after taking it up in 2019.
“Archery has been a lifeline for me – I now shoot in county and national level competitions,” he explains.
“I’ve only been able to do archery because of the Fund – without their support I wouldn’t have been able to get involved with the sport I now love. The equipment and chair have enabled me to keep going and to have a positive outlook on life.
HOW WE WERE THERE FOR DAVINA GRIFFITHS
We were there with the support Davina Griffiths needed to stay comfortable at home after a life-threatening illness.
Diagnosed with kidney failure-induced sepsis, Davina reached out to the Fund, curious to know if her late husband’s service would entitle her to any help.
Despite it being over 70 years since her husband Caleb served in the RAF, we were delighted to support Davina with a £530 grant to help with energy costs as prices rocketed in 2022. We also provided an electric recliner chair, mobility scooter
“The grant has been a fantastic help during the cost-of-living crisis,” says Davina. “I was just about managing and then this money came through and I couldn’t believe it – I’m so grateful.” Davina’s daughter Charlie adds: “The support we’ve received means more than just a charity helping mum through her illness – it means that the service my father provided to the RAF is still paying off today."