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  • Clive Myrie
    We are very proud of our family’s RAF service

    To mark Black History Month this year, we are celebrating the diversity of our RAF Family. Clive Myrie is an award-winning BBC journalist and news presenter and is the new host of Mastermind. His family settled in Bolton, after his uncle was recruited to serve in the RAF during the Second World War.

     

     

  • RAF Falcons
    RAF Falcons mark end of display season by surprising the Fund’s youngest fans

    One of the highlights of the RAF Falcons' 2021 season was bringing together an RAF Benevolent Fund fundraiser and beneficiary for a day the two boys will never forget. Seven-year-olds Jacob Newson and Lorcan Polley, enjoyed an exciting day out at RAF Brize Norton where the team is based. 

  • ricky whittle
    My Dad is my very own superhero

    To mark Black History Month this year, we are celebrating the diversity of our RAF Family. Actor Ricky Whittle describes his RAF pilot father as a 'beautiful, brown-eyed black king from Jamaica’. 
    In this guest blog, he tells us what it was like to grow up as part of the RAF Family and what his heritage means to him. 

  • RAF Waddington
    RAF Waddington opens new community centre play park transformed by £96k refurb

    On 28 September, RAF Waddington opened its new community centre. Named after Aircraftwoman Pip Beck, a WAAF radio operator during the Second World War, the Pip Beck Centre will significantly enhance welfare and community provision at the station.

  • From the Windrush to an MBE for services to equality and diversity

    To mark Black History Month this year, we are celebrating the diversity of our RAF Family. Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane's father Sidney is a member of that family, having been called up under National Service laws and staying for a 30-year career. In this guest blog, Colin tells us his father's story.

     

  • SGT Duncan
    Fund supporter Duncan Slater named as Brave Briton 2021

    Former RAF sergeant Duncan Slater, who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan but has gone on to overcome one amazing challenge after another, have been chosen as the Overall Champion and Against All Odds winner in the Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons 2021.

  • London Marathon runners raise £6700 in support of the Fund

    Congratulations to the 10 Fund supporters who were among the 80,000 London Marathon runners who pounded the streets of the capital on Sunday.

  • Paul Godfrey
    From Croydon to Space Command: Air Vice-Marshal Godfrey on the final frontier

    In celebration of the RAF Air Cadet's 80th anniversary, we spoke to Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, the inaugural commander of the United Kingdom's new Space Command.

  • Welfare advice
    Universal Credit Covid-19 uplift ending

    In this advice blog, Welfare Benefits Advisor Alan Blackett outlines the changes to welfare benefits which are coming into force at the end of September and how they may affect the RAF Family.

  • Thrive Adversity
    RAF spouses invited to join wellbeing course to overcome adversity

    The RAF Benevolent Fund will be hosting a four-part series of online wellbeing workshops for the partners of serving RAF personnel in October. 

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