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  • Guinea Pig Club Podcast
    New podcast tells the remarkable story of the Guinea Pig Club

    A new podcast has launched exploring the history and legacy of the Guinea Pig Club, a group of airmen who suffered life-changing burns and injuries during the Second World War. The three-part mini-series has been created by the RAF Benevolent Fund to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Club and to ensure its legacy lives on. 

  • Veterans Aid
    Fund awards £15K to support homeless veterans across the UK and beyond

    Earlier this year, the RAF Benevolent Fund awarded a grant of £15,000 to Veterans Aid, a charity that prevents homelessness among the ex-military community. The grant will help support Royal Air Force veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are experiencing a crisis.

  • John Hegley Month to Remember
    He was proud to join the ground forces in the RAF

    Throughout November, we are collecting and sharing stories of loved ones lost as part of our Month to Remember. In this guest blog, performance poet, comedian, and musician John Hegley explains how his family's connection the Royal Air Force. 

  • The Dambusters Ride to return in 2022

    In summer 2021, we launched The Dambusters Ride, a cycle challenge celebrating the centenary of George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM, the last surviving original member of Operation Chastise, also known as the Dambusters raid. In May 2022, The Dambusters Ride will return for a second year to honour the bravery of those who risked their lives in the raid. 

  • Pay tribute to your loved ones with the Fund’s Christmas Tree of Light

    Last year, we marked the festive season by launching our Christmas Tree of Light, inviting the public to dedicate a light to their loved ones on the virtual tree.

  • Scampton Red Arrows
    Chance to dine at Red Arrows home in support of RAF Benevolent Fund

    The home of the Red Arrows will be the unique setting for a dinner in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity.
     

  • The Beaujolais Run launches 50th physical event from RAF Northolt

    Earlier this week, RAF Northolt hosted the launch of The Beaujolais Run®, a world-famous navigational challenge marking the release of the latest Beaujolais Nouveau each November.

  • Mark Smith Remembrance
    Dads stories were the beginnings of a life as a military historian

    Throughout November, we are collecting and sharing stories of loved ones lost as part of our Month to Remember. In this guest blog, Mark Smith, The Antiques Roadshow's arms and militaria expert, explains how his father's stories of his time with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve inspired him to pursue a career as a military historian. 

  • Sue Holderness
    I wish we had spoken more about their wartime experiences

    Throughout November, we are collecting and sharing stories of loved ones lost as part of our Month to Remember. In this guest blog, actress Sue Holderness explains her connection to the Royal Air Force and the pride she feels for her father and uncles who served during the Second World War. 

  • Family Wellbeing Workshops
    RAF families invited to join free wellbeing workshops

    The RAF Benevolent Fund will host two online wellbeing workshops for RAF families later this month. The free workshops have been developed for the parents of school-age children to help them overcome some of the challenges of service life. 

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