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  • Darren Mitchell London Marathon_thumb
    RAF serviceman runs for welfare charity in the London Marathon

    Royal Air Force runner Darren Mitchell will join thousands of others pounding the streets of the capital for the 2019 London Marathon later this month, in support of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity.

  • The winners of our RAFBF Awards 2018
    Shortlist announced for 2019 RAF Benevolent Fund Awards

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has announced the shortlisted nominees for our seventh annual awards. The winners of nine award categories will be revealed at a special ceremony, in London on June 27.

  • Jack Lyon last interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund
    Tribute to Jack Lyon

    The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear of the loss of 101-year-old RAF veteran Jack Lyon, who passed away on Friday. Jack joined the RAF aged 23 and flew with Bomber Command during the Second World War. The Fund spoke to Jack in what could be his last interview as part of its commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Great Escape.

  • Fundraising Fitness Challenge 57 Squadon RAF Cranwell .jpg
    Students clock up 172km in tribute to RAF personnel killed during Second World War

    A team of students from 57 Squadron at RAF Cranwell will pay tribute to personnel killed during the Second World War, at the same time as raising funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

  • Community Engagement Worker RAF Benevolent Fund
    RAF Benevolent Fund launches new community scheme to help isolated RAF veterans

    Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have been selected as pilot locations for a new project aimed at supporting RAF veterans who face loneliness and isolation. We're launching a Community Engagement Worker scheme to help older RAF veterans get involved in their local communities.

  • Jo Lancaster ready to cut the cake on his 100th Birthday
    RAF Bomber Command veteran turns 100

    On Monday 4 February 2019, RAF veteran John Oliver 'Jo' Lancaster celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and his comrades from Bomber Command at Princess Marina House in Rustington.

  • Air Vice-Marshal David Murray inspects the Memorial
    Well-wishers donate more than £20,000 for Bomber Command Memorial repairs

    Public reaction to the vandalism of Bomber Command Memorial has been overwhelming with support flooding in from around the world.

  • Bomber Command Memorial
    Statement: Bomber Command Memorial damage

    We have been overwhelmed by the public's response to the vandalism carried out at the Bomber Command Memorial on Sunday night. The incredible generosity of our supporters has seen more than £11,000 in donations made to help cover the costs of the repair work.

  • New recruits are measured for uniforms at RAF Padgate in 1950
    Help us find National Service veterans in need

    This New Year's Day marked the 70th anniversary of the enactment of the National Service Act, which led to more than two million young men being conscripted into the British Armed Forces. 

  • Johnny Johnson
    RAF charity's supporters honour last surviving British Dambuster

    A Book of Gratitude featuring hundreds of messages of thanks has been presented to the last surviving British Dambuster Johnny Johnson MBE, DFC, by Kevin Marriott, whose great uncle was killed in the raid.

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