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  • Tribute to Life Vice President Lady Agnes Humphrey
    Tribute to Life Vice-President Lady Agnes Humphrey

    RAF Benevolent Fund Life Vice-President Lady Agnes Humphrey has passed away. Lady Agnes was a long-term supporter of the Fund, and widow of Sir Andrew Humphrey who was Chief of the Defence Staff before his death in 1977.

  • RAF Benevolent Fund Wellbeing and Coping Survey
    Research project aims to better understand emotional wellbeing needs of RAF personnel

    The Fund has launched a new survey in partnership with Swansea University to better understand the needs of the RAF Family. This project follows the Fund's Meeting the Needs of the Serving RAF Community research which was carried out in 2017.

  • Tribute to Eleanor Wadsworth
    Eleanor Wadsworth – a tribute

    One of the last surviving 'Spitfire women' Eleanor Wadsworth has passed away, aged 103. Mrs Wadsworth served as a Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilot during the Second World War, delivering aircraft and crew around the UK.

  • Charities work together SSAFA and RAF Benevolent Fund
    Charities work together to support RAF veterans

    In 2019, we pledged to provide annual support over three years towards SSAFA's Forcesline and Norton House services. In 2020 this took the form of a grant of £25,275 across these two services, enabling staff and volunteers to continue to make a true difference, especially during such challenging times.

  • Bomber Command Veteran Jack Watson Remembrance RAF Benevolent Fund
    Iconic Lancaster marks 80 years in the sky

    For many it's the sound as well as the sight of an Avro Lancaster which makes her such a unique aircraft. Today marks 80 years since Roy Chadwick's invention took its first flight. The four-engined night bomber went on to take part in some of the most famous operations during the Second World War including the Dambusters raid.

  • Charlie Witford and family
    Thrive workshops support RAF partners' wellbeing in 2021

    A new series of online workshops aimed at supporting the partners of RAF personnel will be launched next month. The Thrive programme, which provides a range of courses aimed at helping spouses overcome employment challenges, will begin with 'developing courage' on 4 February, teaching participants how to boost their confidence and self-belief.

  • happy new year top ten blogs
    Top 10 blogs of 2020

    We had lots of great news, stories and Royal Air Force anniversaries on our website. We challenged ourselves once more and put together a list of this year's top 10 blogs.

  • Deacon's winning Christmas card
    RAF Valley youngster wins national Christmas card competition

    A Christmas card designed by a teenager living at RAF Valley has been sent to hundreds of members of the RAF Family. Twelve-year-old Deacon Fisher won a nationwide competition to find the best design for the card and bagged himself an Amazon gift card too.

    Press Release

  • The Richards family
    "Christmas is the beginning of our adventure in Florida"

    While Christmas will be very different for the majority of the UK this year, under Covid-19 restrictions for one RAF family it couldn't be further away from their usual celebrations as they set up home in Florida.

  • Operation Shortbread
    Operation Shortbread delivers some festive cheer to vulnerable RAF Family members

    RAF personnel from Honington, Digby, Cranwell and Coningsby  have joined forces with the RAF Benevolent Fund to hand out some Christmas cheer to members of the RAF Family.

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