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Celebrating women who serve their country on International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day the RAF Benevolent Fund is celebrating the achievements of all women who serve their country in the Armed Forces.

Sarah and Eliza Faulkner

Women like Cpl Sarah Faulkner who works in air traffic control at RAF Waddington. Like millions of other women, Sarah is a working mum, juggling her career and home life. But for Sarah, life has its own unique challenges because Sarah's husband James has a terminal illness.

James was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour following a violent seizure which ended his career as an RAF policeman. The seizure which broke his back in three places and dislocated both his shoulders has had a lasting effect on James. He has undergone chemotherapy treatment and is currently in remission but the tumour will limit his life.

As well as ensuring James has the care he needs, Sarah is busy looking after the couple's bubbly, bouncy three-year-old Eliza.

The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud to be able to serve families like this to make their day-to-day lives a little easier. Women like Sarah inspire us to fundraise to support the work we do helping those in need.

We exist to 'repay the debt we owe' to all those who have served our country and continue to do so, especially women like Sarah.

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