Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill was 19 years old when he joined the RAF as an airframe fitter. Stan joined 609 Squadron and was looking after Spitfires at Middle Wallop for one week when the Battle of Britain broke out.
We provided Stan with financial assistance after he found it difficult to pay the maintenance charge on his flat.
Stan said: "I'd always wanted to stay in my own home but when the maintenance charge increased by 20 per cent, I couldn't stretch to it.
"I have a few health problems as well which makes travelling on public transport difficult and I rely on my daughter to drive me everywhere so I asked for a little help to run the car as well.
"To this day I really appreciate the help the RAF Benevolent Fund has given me – the calls on them must be tremendous and I'm such a small cog but I’ll be indebted to them for the rest of my days.
"To enable me to stay in my own home with my daughter a few yards away from me, 24 hours a day – I'm a very lucky man. I can lead a normal life thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund."
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