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  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes a public address in the run up to the Battle of Britain
    The Battle of Britain – the early days of the war

    The Battle of Britain brought home the realities of war for the British public, as bombs fell on our cities and dogfights were silhouetted against the summer sun.

  • RAF Skeleton Fundraiser
    RAF Skeleton team complete 3,500 miles in 30 days for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    The RAF Skeleton team are undertaking a 30-day challenge of collectively walking, running, cycling and swimming 3,446 miles throughout June. This is the equivalent distance from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire to all eight European skeleton bobsleigh tracks.

  • Armed Forces Week 2020
    Armed Forces Week: Cadets

    Today, we turn our focus to Air Training Corps (ATC) for Armed Forces Week. Air Cadets take part in various activities and sports as part of their training, but they have also been long-term supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Chain home radar station
    The Dowding System and the role of radar in the Battle of Britain

    The Dowding System was the air defence network used during The Battle of Britain. It has been credited for giving Britain a critical advantage over Germany, as they fought it out neck and neck in the sky during the summer and the autumn of 1940.

  • The Waring Family
    Like father, like son – RAF service runs in the family!

    For RAF pilots Mike and David Waring, Father's Day is an opportunity to reflect on their family's service to the Royal Air Force, as the third and fourth generations to take to the skies in defence of Queen and country.

  • Airplay Wyton blog
    RAF children's letters surprise lonely veterans during lockdown

    Children who attend Airplay, the Fund's youth support programme, have written to isolated elderly members of the RAF Family during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • Chris Elliot
    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Statement from AVM Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund

    Racism, and any other form of discrimination, has no place at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and no place in our society. The brutal death of George Floyd has shone a spotlight on racism and inequality around the world and it is timely for me to share my commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in my role as CEO/Controller at the Fund.

    Press Release

  • 102 km Fundraiser Group
    RAF Coningsby personnel run 102km to celebrate 102 years of the RAF

    On 30 May, four personnel from RAF Coningsby completed a fundraising challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. The team ran a combined total of 102km around the airfield to commemorate 102 years since the Royal Air Force was formed.

  • Headspace blog Ken Gray
    RAF Benevolent Fund launches wellbeing support for RAF partners

    RAF partners and spouses can now access online mindfulness platform, Headspace, in a recent initiative launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund. Previously available to serving personnel only, it is now available to the partners of personnel, too.

  • RAFBF Airplay Digital
    Airplay youth support spreads its wings with launch of online platform

    Airplay Digital has been launched as a resource for all RAF young people and children to enjoy. The platform, developed by the Fund's Airplay partners Action for Children, was due to be introduced later this year but has been brought forward to help children who are isolated while at home under lockdown restrictions.

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