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Challenge Events FAQs

Do I need to be in the RAF to take on a challenge event for the RAF Benevolent Fund?

What is the process for registering for a challenge event place?

How much does it cost to enter a challenge event for the RAF Benevolent Fund?

Is my registration fee refundable?

What happens if I don’t raise the minimum sponsorship?

What happens if I get injured or my plans change and I can’t make the event?

What support will I get from the RAF Benevolent Fund?

What fundraising site should I use to collect my sponsorship?

Do you have any fundraising materials I can use?

How does my sponsorship help?

Any other questions?


Do I need to be in the RAF to take on a challenge event for the RAF Benevolent Fund?

The Fund’s challenge events are open to anyone, whether you have any link to the RAF or not.

What is the process for registering for a challenge event place?

Please head to the specific event page and click on ‘sign up’. You will then be asked to complete a form with your personal details and pay your registration fee. A number of the events also have another form you need to complete for the organisers to confirm your place with them and you will be sent details separately of how to do this and the deadline by which to do it.

How much does it cost to enter a challenge event for the RAF Benevolent Fund?

For each event, there is usually both a registration fee and a minimum sponsorship target. These vary from event to event so please check the specific event page for the full details.

Is my registration fee refundable?

The RAF Benevolent Fund incurs a cost in securing the challenge event places and so the registration fees are non-refundable to help us cover this cost.

What happens if I don’t raise the minimum sponsorship?

We ask each participant to make sure before they sign up that they are confident of raising the minimum sponsorship and have plans of how to do so. We ask for the full sponsorship amount to be in by six weeks after the event so you have plenty of time for your fundraising. If you have not raised the full amount, we do ask you to consider making up the shortfall yourself so the RAF Benevolent Fund can continue to support members of the RAF Family.

What happens if I get injured or my plans change and I can’t make the event?

If you can no longer take part, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can see if another supporter is able to take the place. For most events we are able to defer your place over to the following year but we cannot guarantee this.

What support will I get from the RAF Benevolent Fund?

Your local Community Fundraiser will be in touch to help support you every step of the way with your fundraising and to answer any questions you have about the event. They will also be able to provide you with a t-shirt, running vest or cycling jersey.

What fundraising site should I use to collect my sponsorship?

There are a number of different sites out there but we would recommend JustGiving.

Do you have any fundraising materials I can use?

We have plenty of downloadable fundraising materials to help you reach your target. These are available here.

How does my sponsorship help?

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need us. We are committed to getting them through the toughest times, whatever life may send their way. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, we’ll consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.

Your fundraising efforts play no small part in enabling the RAF Benevolent Fund to offer this support. Thank you.

Any other questions?

Please contact us at challenge@rafbf.org.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

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