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  • RAF Leeming Airplay
    RAF Leeming Airplay group roll up their sleeves to spruce up their building

    Members of Airplay at RAF Leeming got stuck into a project to clean up the building they meet in recently. The youngsters joined in to work hard and make their space tidy and more appealing for all to enjoy.

  • Charlie Witford and family
    "As a stay at home mum, the RAF lifestyle can be a culture shock"

    This Mother's Day, we talk to Charlie Whitford, an RAF spouse who has been supported by the Fund's Thrive programme. Thrive looks at building self esteem within the dependant community, helping them to return to work. Charlie tells us the difference it's made for her.

  • RAF Odiham personnel meet WAAF and WRAF veterans at Princess Marina House
    Fund response to Covid-19

    The welfare of our beneficiaries is at the centre of the Fund's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to reassure anyone currently supported by the Fund, or anyone who needs our support, that we are working hard to ensure we will be able to continue to meet their needs.

  • Broughton House £18,000 grant
    RAF Benevolent Fund grants Broughton House £18,000

    We recently awarded a grant of £18,000 to Broughton House, a care home for ex-servicemen and women in Salford. The grant will help cover the cost of looking after veterans who served in the Royal Air Force.

  • RAF BF Crufts RAF Police Dogs Team
    You find members of the RAF Family everywhere!

    Community fundraiser Rebecca McGeorge was one of RAF Benevolent Fund staff who went along to Crufts last week. Here she gives her impressions of the world famous dog show.

  • Michelle Partington International Women's Day RAF BF
    Celebrating RAF trailblazers on International Women's Day: Michelle Partington

    Michelle Partington tells us about her RAF career. Michelle, a former RAF paramedic, was the first female paramedic on frontline patrol with the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan – but her service took its toll.

  • Elaine West International Women's Day
    Celebrating RAF trailblazers on International Women's Day: Elaine West

    Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West tells us how important it was for her to clear the path for others. In 2013, she became the first female officer of all branches of the Armed Forces to reach the rank, following a 35-year career in the Royal Air Force.

  • Caroline Paige CP Iraq MOD Copyrigh 2005
    Celebrating RAF trailblazers on International Women's Day: Caroline Paige

    Caroline Paige tells us what it was like to be the first transgender officer to transition openly while serving in the UK Armed Forces in 1999. As well as a hugely successful 35-year career, Caroline has spent the last 21 years championing diversity in the workplace.

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    The Youth Club Smile

    Teenagers from RAF Marham's Airplay group reflect on what the group means to them and why it is so important…

  • Trustee RAF Benevolent Fund OBE
    RAF Benevolent Fund trustee receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

    Air Vice-Marshal Simon Dougherty, the RAF Benevolent Fund's longest-standing trustee, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service to the Armed Forces community and military charities. He received his honour from the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 25 February 2020.

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