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  • Gardening MHAD
    Gardening is like 'natural medicine'

    This Mental Health Awareness Week, Amileigh Salt shares how gardening has helped her to grow not only plants but also spirituality, during the global pandemic. Polytunnels provided by the RAF Benevolent Fund at RAF Leeming helped her and her family embark on a new hobby…

  • Mike Goody
    "I was standing on a precipice. I felt completely lost"

    Former SAC Mike Goody is no stranger to adversity having pieced his life back together after he received life-changing injuries in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2009. Despite that, when he needed support 11 years later, asking for that support proved to be the hardest thing. This Mental Health Awareness Week he shares his experiences.

     

     

  • Twickenham Air Cadets
    JH Bartlett Charity Trust donates £27,000 to support RAF stations

    The JH Bartlett Charity Trust has made a generous donation of £27,000 to support the RAF Benevolent Fund's Capital Programme to improve station life for serving personnel and their families.

  • Nobby Hill VE Day 75 RAF BF
    "We were glad we wouldn't hear the sirens anymore"

    As the nation prepares to mark 76 years since VE Day tomorrow, RAF veteran Nobby Hill tells us what it was like as a teenager. Nobby, now 90, joins a weekly Telephone Friendship Group chat which keeps him company during the isolation of lockdown.

  • Reserves
    Can you rise to the RAF Reserves Challenge?

    To support one of their own, RAF Reservists up and down the country are signing up to cycle 1,500 miles in just eight weeks, in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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

    Seventy-six 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!

  • Twickenham Air Cadets
    "What I learnt as an air cadet set me on path that I'm proud of"

    As we continue to celebrate the achievements of former air cadets, we spoke with SAC Jack Hawkins about how the organisation helped him to create life-long memories as part of one of the RAF's most highly regarded display teams.

  • 612 Medical Reserve Squadron walk, run and cycle 612 miles for RAF Benevolent Fund

    612 Medical Reserve Squadron, based at Leuchars Station in Fife, is bouncing back from lockdown by planning a fundraising challenge in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

  • Mike Goody
    Inspiring the next generation of air cadets

    To mark the 80th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets, Fund Ambassador Mike Goody tells us what it's like to inspire the next generation.

  • Laura Thrive Workshops
    Thrive workshops aim to boost RAF partners wellbeing

    The RAF Benevolent Fund will soon host two new online wellbeing workshops for RAF partners, the first of which will begin next month. The Thrive programme provides a range of courses aimed at helping spouses overcome employment challenges.

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