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  • ricky whittle
    My Dad is my very own superhero

    To mark Black History Month this year, we are celebrating the diversity of our RAF Family. Actor Ricky Whittle describes his RAF pilot father as a 'beautiful, brown-eyed black king from Jamaica’. 
    In this guest blog, he tells us what it was like to grow up as part of the RAF Family and what his heritage means to him. 

  • RAF Waddington
    RAF Waddington opens new community centre play park transformed by £96k refurb

    On 28 September, RAF Waddington opened its new community centre. Named after Aircraftwoman Pip Beck, a WAAF radio operator during the Second World War, the Pip Beck Centre will significantly enhance welfare and community provision at the station.

  • From the Windrush to an MBE for services to equality and diversity

    To mark Black History Month this year, we are celebrating the diversity of our RAF Family. Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane's father Sidney is a member of that family, having been called up under National Service laws and staying for a 30-year career. In this guest blog, Colin tells us his father's story.


  • SGT Duncan
    Fund supporter Duncan Slater named as Brave Briton 2021

    Former RAF sergeant Duncan Slater, who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan but has gone on to overcome one amazing challenge after another, have been chosen as the Overall Champion and Against All Odds winner in the Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons 2021.

  • Thrive Adversity
    RAF spouses invited to join wellbeing course to overcome adversity

    The RAF Benevolent Fund will be hosting a four-part series of online wellbeing workshops for the partners of serving RAF personnel in October. 

  • RAF Rugby Union
    RAF Rugby Union kick off the season in style

    Following more than a year away from the pitch, the RAF Rugby Union proved yesterday that they are ready to showcase their skills to the masses, with a thrilling display at Ealing Trailfinders.

  • RAF Brize Norton
    Supporting serving personnel at RAF Brize Norton, every day

    Earlier this year, RAF Brize Norton received a £14,000 grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund to continue their dedicated Citizens Advice Service. RAF Brize Norton caseworker Julie Rogers explains the impact the funding has had on serving personnel and their dependants.

  • Mark Beaumont
    Mark Beaumont: Air Cadets and me

    'Flying as a teenager was such freedom, another world – exhilarating'

    In this guest blog, Mark shares his memories of happy times with 2519 (Strathmore) Squadron.

  • Stu Robinson
    "I felt a wave of joy and a wave of relief"

    Paralympic gold medallist and Fund Ambassador Stuart Robinson tells us what it felt like to become a history maker at the Tokyo Games. In this guest blog he discusses how he was determined to turn his injury into a positive.

  • Wimbledon Visit Airplay
    RAF children served up an ace day out at Wimbledon

    Airplay members from four RAF stations were guests of honour at The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently, as part of their summer activities. The youngsters, aged between 10 and 14, were treated to a coaching session led by Wimbledon's head coach as well as a behind the scenes tour of No.1 Court.

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