The RAF Benevolent Fund wants to get RAF veterans and their families back on the radar. We estimate that as many as 300,000 members of the RAF Family could be out there and in need of life-changing support.
We all have a last chance to do our duty, just as they did theirs, by giving them and their families the support they deserve.
Our TV advert, voiced by Sir David Jason, brings home our vital campaign message, urging everyone to help us find RAF veterans and their families who have fallen off the radar. Their needs could be urgent, so there's no time to lose.
They did their duty. We want to repay the debt owed to the men and women of the Royal Air Force and give them what is their right to have – help and support when they need it, through whatever battles they face. By donating today, your generosity will make a real difference to someone within our RAF Family going through a difficult time. Whether that's easing financial distress, ensuring that someone has a safe and comfortable home that meets their needs, or looking after their emotional well-being to overcome loneliness and bereavement.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has a proud tradition of looking after the RAF Family. We are there for all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. Please get in touch if you or someone you know who has a connection to the RAF may require our help.
With your help, we're getting more RAF veterans back on the radar. People like Jack Watson, 96, who flew in the elite Pathfinder Force and completed 77 operations flying with Bomber Command. Jack was referred to us by a friend who had heard our Controller's appeal for veterans in need to get in touch. We stepped in to make improvements to his kitchen which meant he could continue living independently.
Meet the star of our TV advert, National Service veteran Ron Finch, 92 from Nottingham. Ron did his duty when he was conscripted into the RAF at 18 years of age and went on to serve in India and Sri Lanka. Now, more than 70 years on, the RAF Benevolent Fund's support has meant he can continue living at home with his wife Pauline and keep in touch with other veterans through our Telephone Friendship Groups.