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  • Sarah Cotman and Lucy RAF Benevolent Fund Valentines
    Thank goodness for decent florists (and a very understanding wife!)

    In the final blog of our series celebrating love in the RAF, Sarah Cotman shares how love had to be put on hold when duty called. Thank goodness for modern communications and a bit of patience!

  • Greg_Coles_RAF_Benevolent_Fund_Valentines
    Even oceans apart this couple have stayed together

    A love of motorbikes blossomed into love for each other for this RAF couple. All this week the RAF Benevolent Fund is celebrating love in the RAF Family. In this guest blog, Greg Coles, an RAF Engineering Officer and Co-Chair of the RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network, tells us how he met the love of his life.

  • Carla and Jessica Robinson RAF
    "Through all our adventures in life together"

    In the second of our series of blogs celebrating love in the RAF, Carla Robinson shares her story of a wedding in the Welsh countryside which had to wait while the couple travelled the world.

  • Derek and Sandra Bradshaw
    Valentine's special: Derek and Sandra

    During the coming week, the RAF Benevolent Fund will be celebrating the season of love with a series of blogs reflecting on the love in the RAF Family. In this first edition RAF veteran Derek Bradshaw shares his love for his wife, commuting by motorcycle to visit her, and the RAF!

  • 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.

  • Graham Duncan
    When 'wheelchair friendly' isn't always wheelchair friendly

    Booking a holiday should be a happy and stress-free experience. But what happens if the holiday you were sold is nothing like the one in the brochure? Former Flight Sergeant Graham Duncan tells us about his experiences with this very issue.

  • RAF Wittering Airplay award
    Airplay workers awarded Air Officer's commendation

    The team behind youth support at RAF Wittering has been recognised with an AOC Team Commendation. 

  • Kabul physathon
    Festive fundraisers' physathon for Fund!

    On Christmas day at Headquarters Resolute Support, five plucky individuals completed an epic 24-hour physical training marathon, the "physathon", raising more than £1,600 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 

  • 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. 

  • Howard Battson
    A friendly voice at the end of the phone on Christmas Eve

    When 95-year-old Howard Battson's wife passed away two years ago, Howard's world was turned upside down. The Fund is proud to stand side-by-side with Howard and other RAF veterans in a bid to help combat social isolation and loneliness this Christmas and beyond.

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