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  • Michelle Partington
    "Proving my doubters wrong made me realise I could do anything"

    Considered a trailblazer as the first female medic to serve on the frontline with the RAF Regiment, former Flt Lt Michelle Partington had a successful RAF career. Despite her achievements she insists she was nothing special, "just one of the lads doing the job".

  • Tony Beck
    Photography course provides new focus for Tony

    RAF veteran Tony Beck's life was turned upside down in 2007 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After undergoing surgery and months of rehabilitation, it became clear that Tony wouldn't be able to return to his role as a telecommunications operator in the RAF.

  • Matt Neve
    Tackling mental health head on

    Recently the country rallied behind the brave ex-service men and women as they once again represented the UK at the Invictus Games. It has been great to see our veterans getting the attention they deserve and shining a light on some of the issues they have faced since leaving the military. And if there is one issue that stood out to at this year's Games, it was mental health.

  • RAF Benson Families Day 2017
    Summer of support for RAF families

    From RAF Benson to RAF Wyton, the RAF Benevolent Fund has spent almost £50,000 in its second year of support for station families' days.

  • Jack Lyon
    The secret to a long life? Walking a mile a day and no alcohol!

    Last weekend, Great Escaper Jack Lyon celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family. Jack was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III, the scene of one of the most audacious prison escapes in World War Two history, when 200 prisoners attempted to escape the prison confines via a man-made tunnel.

  • Sqn Ldr Graham Laurie
    Diana's final flight

    Longtime Royals pilot and retired Squadron Leader Graham Laurie recalls the fateful day, 20 years ago, when he was assigned to fly Princess Diana’s body back to London from Paris.

  • Shawbury play park opening
    New play park brings smiles to RAF Shawbury

    Air Vice-Marshal Warren James CBE has officially unveiled RAF Shawbury's new play park in front of excited and eager children who'll be enjoying it for years to come.

  • Duloe Manor - Cornwall
    "The holiday came at just the right time"

    When RAF Veteran Keith Greenhaf lost his sight, life as he knew it changed forever. His confidence and independence was dramatically affected and so enjoying a holiday with his wife seemed unrealistic, until he came across the Disabled Holiday Trust that is.

  • John Wright and his son Lewis
    Fathers who serve: Sergeant John Wright

    As dads everywhere celebrate Father's Day, we are proud to have supported so many RAF dads and their families. One such dad is Sergeant John Wright who is currently serving at RRH Buchan. We recently adapted John's home to help with the care of his son Lewis who has complex needs.

  • Woman looking at sky
    Speaking out about mental health

    It's Mental Health Awareness Week all this week and while more and more RAF personnel and veterans are seeking support for mental health problems, many still suffer in silence.

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