As the end of the year approaches, we at the RAF Benevolent Fund have been reflecting on the past year – our centenary year – and are appealing to the public to think about those who may need support this Christmas.
Earlier this year, to mark our centenary, we launched a national campaign – Join the Search. Change a Life – calling on the public to consider whether they have friends or family connected to the RAF who are in need of help.
This could be anything from a new boiler or financial support to a friendly voice on the phone offering emotional support or advice.
We have already had a wonderful response, with thousands getting in touch with us. However, research shows there could be up to 300,000 members of the RAF Family who still need our help, many of whom in older age and unlikely to come forward themselves.
This Christmas, we urge everyone as they come together to speak to their elderly relatives, neighbours and friends, to find out if they have an RAF connection and are in need. This could include National Service in the RAF or being the wife, widow or spouse of someone who once served. We can all do our bit to help veterans get the support they deserve, and we must help them seek it before it is too late.
By Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, RAF Benevolent Fund Chief Executive