A warm hand on my shoulder throughout
The RAF Benevolent Fund has been using donations to help former RAF policeman, James Faulkner, to cope with a brain tumour since 2007 when he was medically discharged from the RAF.
"I had no idea how much the RAF Benevolent Fund helps, or how good that help is. But ever since I've experienced it myself, I find myself just wanting to tell everyone.
It's not all doom and gloom, so do stay with me, because I'd really appreciate the chance to tell you about the difference you make!
How you helped the first time
When I was medically discharged from the RAF because of the brain tumour, I had nowhere to live. My marriage had broken down and I was living on the station. So someone at Headley Court, the military rehabilitation centre where I was having speech therapy, applied on my behalf for help with housing.
Where did I want to live, the RAF Benevolent Fund asked. Near my young son, I said. They were about to sell a house around 20 miles from him and said I could live there if I liked. So that was the first way you helped me, by supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The first happy thing I'd like to tell you
Shortly after I moved into my new home, I met 'lovely Sarah' as I call her, who was in the RAF. As an RAF policeman, I'd always made a point of not dating anyone in the RAF while I was serving. But now here was Sarah, introduced through a mutual friend, and we got married. To tell the truth, I could talk about her forever! We're one of those soppy love stories.
The second happy thing
And out of meeting Sarah came another good thing – our little girl, Eliza, who is three.