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  • 'Missing man' bike ride

    Helen Wright is raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund on a bike ride in memory of a friend who died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan.

  • Remembering the 55,573

    Flight Sergeant Ronald Thorpe served in the RAF from 1943-1947 as a mid upper gunner on Lancaster bombers. Ronald attended the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial on 28 June – he tells us more in this blog.

  • Team Spitfire rules the waves

    Wing Commander Simon Ling is skipper of a team of RAF sailors who promote the RAF Benevolent Fund with our famous heart roundel on their sails. The team have just had some great success at Cowes. Simon tells us more in this blog.

  • Swimming the Channel for charity

    Flight Lieutenant Alyson Phippen is a physical education officer at MoD St Athan. This month, Aly is taking on an extreme challenge in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • The RAF Family Heroes Award

    The RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, and national charity 4Children have teamed up with Take a Break magazine to open nominations for the second annual RAF Family Hero Award.

  • Three crews have not returned

    Sam Brookes served on Lancaster bombers with Bomber Command and flew thirty missions. In this blog, Sam tells us of a daring raid on the Baltic coast of Poland, and remembers the crews who did not return.

  • Lancaster pilot remembers the fallen

    Flying Officer Alan Biffen served in the Royal Air Force from 1942 to 1946, initially flying Wellington bombers, before transferring to Lancasters. Alan tells us what the new Bomber Command Memorial means to him.

  • Supporting veterans in their time of need

    The RAF Benevolent Fund always aims to find the most effective way to support the RAF family. Sometimes we work with partner charities such as hospices. One of our regional directors, Paul Hewson, tells us more.

  • RAF kids get creative

    Airplay is the RAF Benevolent Fund's youth support programme that provides activities and facilities for young people growing up on RAF stations. Airplay at Coningsby has just completed a creative graffiti project.

  • On your bike for charity

    Two RAF technicians, recently back from Afghanistan, are taking on a challenge to support the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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