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  • 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.

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    How my RAF Regiment training has helped me during the COVID-19 pandemic

    SAC Sam Lake explains how his experiences with the RAF Regiment have taught him to cope with the uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has brought.

  • Jessica May Frost Blog 2
    14-year-old Jessica hosts virtual VE Day concert

    A 14-year-old who lives in West Yorkshire hosted a virtual VE Day concert on Friday 8 May to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • RAF Rugby Mental Health Awareness Day
    RAF Rugby Union champion the Fund's support for sport

    We are acutely aware that sport can have an incredibly positive impact on the morale and wellbeing of individuals. Here, Group Captain Jamie Thompson of RAF Rugby Union explains how the Fund's support makes a massive difference to the team's wellbeing.

  • Mike Straney DFC RAFBF
    New Director of Fundraising and Communications joins RAF Benevolent Fund

    We have appointed a new Director of Fundraising and Communications, with Mike Straney joining our senior leadership team in May. Mike has worked in fundraising for 14 years, with previous roles in corporate partnerships at Marie Curie and Breast Cancer Campaign.

    Press Release

  • RAF Red Arrows Kirsty Murphy Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
    Former Red Arrows pilot Kirsty Murphy on mental health

    As the first female RAF Red Arrows pilot, Kirsty Murphy enjoyed applause and respect whenever she displayed. Behind the scenes however, Kirsty was struggling. She found herself suffering from anxiety attacks and sleep disorders.

  • Decades of Support featuring RAF veteran Reg Lawrence
    Our response to COVID-19

    For the past 100 years, the Fund has stood side by side with the RAF Family during its toughest times and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception. The welfare of our beneficiaries and staff have been and will continue to be at the forefront of all we do.

    Press Release

  • Dan Pelling Landscape
    RAF Benevolent Fund ambassador completes 17-mile wheelchair push

    An RAF veteran from Horsham, completed a 17-mile wheelchair push last month. Dan Pelling was due to take part in the Brighton Marathon on 19 April to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. Unfortunately, the event was rescheduled as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

  • VE Day 75th Anniversary RAF BF
    RAF veterans receive VE Day party packages to celebrate at home

    With the country in lockdown and the public participation element of VE Day 75 commemorations cancelled, the RAF Benevolent Fund has taken the party to veterans living in West Sussex.

  • Crowds celebrate VE Day in 1945
    "We lifted the piano out and lit it on the parade square"

    Seventy-five years ago today the Allies celebrated as peace was declared in Europe. Such was the delight of Sonny Davies and his comrades, they dragged a piano into the parade square and set it alight!

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