The welfare of our beneficiaries is at the centre of the Fund's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to reassure anyone currently supported by the Fund, or anyone who needs our support, that we are working hard to ensure we will be able to continue to meet their needs.
Members of Airplay at RAF Leeming got stuck into a project to clean up the building they meet in recently. The youngsters joined in to work hard and make their space tidy and more appealing for all to enjoy.
This Mother's Day, we talk to Charlie Whitford, an RAF spouse who has been supported by the Fund's Thrive programme. Thrive looks at building self esteem within the dependant community, helping them to return to work. Charlie tells us the difference it's made for her.
In line with the Government's strong advice regarding social distancing, Princess Marina House has taken the difficult decision to cancel stays, suspend all new bookings and stop our popular Lunch Club until the Government's advice allows us to resume our operations.
The RAF Benevolent Fund has announced the shortlisted nominees for our annual awards. The winners of the eight award categories will be revealed at a special ceremony on 11 June in London.
Community fundraiser Rebecca McGeorge was one of RAF Benevolent Fund staff who went along to Crufts last week. Here she gives her impressions of the world famous dog show.
We recently awarded a grant of £18,000 to Broughton House, a care home for ex-servicemen and women in Salford. The grant will help cover the cost of looking after veterans who served in the Royal Air Force.
Michelle Partington tells us about her RAF career. Michelle, a former RAF paramedic, was the first female paramedic on frontline patrol with the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan – but her service took its toll.
Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West tells us how important it was for her to clear the path for others. In 2013, she became the first female officer of all branches of the Armed Forces to reach the rank, following a 35-year career in the Royal Air Force.
Caroline Paige tells us what it was like to be the first transgender officer to transition openly while serving in the UK Armed Forces in 1999. As well as a hugely successful 35-year career, Caroline has spent the last 21 years championing diversity in the workplace.