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  • Gordon and Mabs Simmons
    "Care support has taken the weight off of our shoulders"

    Last year we spent £476,424 on care-home top-up fees ensuring our elderly RAF veterans and their partners can live in comfort and dignity into their retirement years. This is just the case for veterans Gordon and Mabs Simmons. As part of National Carers Week, we spoke to their son Adrian about how our help has impacted their life.

  • Baz Dale
    My centenary moment – saving lives within the golden hour

    As the RAF marks its centenary year, the Fund looks to celebrate its own RAF heritage by sharing the centenary moments of some of the RAF veterans who have switched serving Queen and country for serving the RAF Family. Baz Dale, Regional Director Scotland and Northern Ireland, shares his 'centenary moment'.

  • Dennis Goodwin
    "Dennis' unstinting work made life easier for so many"

    The RAF Benevolent Fund would like to add its tributes to the many which have been paid to World War One Veteran's Association founder Dennis Goodwin.

  • Matt Neve
    "Sport helps me to switch off and focus"

    Former RAF driver Matt Neve discovered the rehabilitative nature of sport following his medical discharge from the Service in 2004. A tour in Iraq as part of Op Telic had left him suffering from PTSD, and it led to him leaving the job he loved. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we chat to Matt about his journey from medical discharge to recovery.

  • Les and Patricia Campsie on their wedding day
    "Counselling rescued me from a very dark place"

    After 60 years together, 57 of them married Les Campsie knew he'd lost his soulmate when his wife Patricia passed away a year ago. Devastated and bowled over by his grief, RAF veteran Les turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund for help.

  • Soldiering On winners
    Luke crowned People's Choice winner at Soldiering On Awards

    After weeks of anticipation, RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary and former RAF Gunner Luke Delahunty, was named the Soldiering On People's Choice winner last Friday.

  • RAF Benson Community Primary School pupils reading the Cloud Nine book series
    Unique wellbeing books aimed at RAF children launched at RAF Benson

    A new series of books aimed at improving the mental health of the RAF Family has been launched at RAF Benson Community Primary School.

  • The RAF Triathlon team with the baton at Princess Marina House.
    RAF Triathlon team of six conquer 106 miles with RAF100 baton

    Tide, hills and 106 miles were overcome by a team of six RAF triathletes to deliver the RAF100 baton to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House on Sunday.

  • Jen Kelly
    How benefits changes could affect the RAF Family

    In the second of our new series of blogs, Welfare Benefits Advisor Jen Kelly outlines how changes in benefits and the Personal Independence Payment review could affect RAF veterans and personnel.

  • Johnny Ayling
    Carers need not feel alone, the RAF Benevolent Fund is by their side

    Carers who are part of the RAF Family now have a dedicated support package – thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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