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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.