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  • Tia Carter
    RAF youngster to perform Coin Toss at Wimbledon Ladies' Final

    Eleven-year-old Tia Carter will represent the Royal Air Force and the RAF Benevolent Fund when she takes part in the Coin Toss Ceremony on Centre Court today.

  • Mike and Dave Waring
    RAF100 represents a century of service for one RAF family

    The Royal Air Force's centenary is a moment to celebrate for all RAF personnel. But for one serviceman there is more cause for reflection – his family has been a part of the service for almost as long as it has existed!

  • David Murray
    "My mission in Sierra Leone topped the Royal Wedding"

    You may think having organised a 3,000-strong Diamond Jubilee Parade for Her Majesty the Queen or attending the wedding of a future King would be the highlight of anyone's RAF career. Not so, for RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Vice-Marshal David Murray being part of a dangerous mission to Sierra Leone will be remembered as his RAF100 'centenary moment'.

  • Jen Kelly
    Helping the RAF Family to maximise their income

    In this edition of our advice blog, Welfare Benefits Advisor Jen Kelly outlines how the RAF Family can make sure they are maximising their income, particularly in relation to Council Tax.

  • 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.

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