The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud to have a range of corporate supporters across a number of areas. We are extremely grateful for the continued support from a number of organisations.
BAE Systems is a long-standing supporter, and through their annual Relationship Charity Award, over the last 10 years, the organisation has previously funded the installation of play parks and multi-use games areas at a number of RAF stations, Citizens Advice Bureau outreach centres for serving RAF, and more recently, the Fund's flagship youth support programme, Airplay.
BAE Systems Warton nominated the Fund as their site charity of the year in early 2020, and despite the restrictions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, staff still did their bit to raise funds and awareness.
MBDA Missile Systems
MBDA has supported the Fund for more than 10 years through their tremendous charity dinner, in support of military charities including the Fund, and smaller charities local to their sites. Since the dinner started, in excess of £2M has been raised for these good causes.
MBDA has also supported a number of Fund's events over the years. They have sponsored the RAF Station of the Year category at our annual awards ceremony since 2018 and they were a joint sponsor of our 2019 carol concert.
In 2020, MBDA generously funded a pilot using technology to combat social isolation. Their support enabled the Fund to provide GrandPad tablets to elderly beneficiaries who were particularly isolated or lonely due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Midshires Mobility Group
Midshires is a long-established, family business providing a wide range of mobility equipment tailored to suit specific needs. Midshires have been a trusted welfare partner for a number of years, delivering specialist equipment to the Fund's beneficiaries.
The company also demonstrates its unique understanding and commitment to our work supporting the RAF Family through a rebate on items purchased for our beneficiaries.
We are also hugely grateful to Midshires for their unwavering support of our annual awards ceremony since it began, where they proudly sponsor the Welfare Caseworker of the Year category which firmly resonates with the nature of their business.
The Beaujolais Run
The Beaujolais Run is an annual motoring and lifestyle challenge event, which takes place in the wine and champagne regions of France.
In 1973, Alan Hall, columnist for The Sunday Times, threw down the gauntlet to Fleet Street to 'Bring Back the Beaujolais', offering a bottle of Champagne for the first to deliver a bottle to his desk. At that time the object of the exercise was speed, and this was ended by the RAF, which later took up the challenge in a Harrier.
Since then, the event has evolved into a navigational challenge through a cryptic checkpoint course, which begins at a location in the UK and ends in Burgundy.
The Fund became the Run's charity partner in 2018 with participants raising vital funds in support of our important welfare work.