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  • Jonny McNee
    Celebrating our brilliant volunteers

    This Volunteers' Week, our supporters across the UK will be continuing their incredible efforts to raise awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the work that we do. Jonny McNee is one such supporter, who has been volunteering for us for six years.

  • David Scott
    Supporter braves challenging weather to complete Cairngorm to Coast

    Earlier this month the annual Cairngorm to Coast challenge took place with participants braving torrential rain to undertake a 30km hike and 70km bike ride for our charity. David Scott, the first cyclist over the line, recounts his journey.

  • Dunkirk evacuation
    The RAF's vital role in the Dunkirk evacuation

    On 26 May 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the start of Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. RAF Fighter Command began to operate patrols from Boulogne to Dunkirk and the operations were to continue for the next nine days during the evacuation.

  • Bomber Command aircrew
    Honouring the heroes of Bomber Command on the 75th anniversary of the First Thousand Bomber Raid

    30 May marks the 75th anniversary of the First 1000 Bomber Raid – an overnight bombing of Cologne by the RAF in 1942 and notably one of the largest attacks in World War Two history.

  • Ambassadors Dinner
    Friends of the Fund!

    Last Wednesday, the Fund held a special dinner to recognise the ongoing support of its Life Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Ambassadors and Friends.

  • Shane Spence with Zee Fletcher and Kat Clark
    RAF Lossiemouth's Shane takes on the Etape Loch Ness

    Squadron Leader Shane Spence from RAF Lossiemouth recently took on the Etape Loch Ness, a challenging cycle ride, to raise money for our work.

  • Woman looking at sky
    Speaking out about mental health

    It's Mental Health Awareness Week all this week and while more and more RAF personnel and veterans are seeking support for mental health problems, many still suffer in silence.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon: Fighting the Stigma

    We're used to seeing veterans suffering the physical effects of their military service, but because mental health issues aren't always visible, it's extremely challenging to know which of our comrades may be suffering in silence.

  • Mark Yardley
    How we supported Flight Sergeant Mark Yardley

    Flight Sergeant Mark Yardley and his wife Dawn were excitedly looking forward to the birth of their son, Sam, in May 2006. But complications during Dawn's labour meant Sam had been starved of oxygen during delivery and they were later given the devastating news that he had suffered brain damage.

  • Princess Marina House gets top rating
    Residents rate Princess Marina House one of the top 20 care homes in South East England

    Our respite home in West Sussex, Princess Marina House, has been chosen by residents and their families as one of the Top 20 care homes in South East England. 

    Press Release

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