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  • Cruse Bereavement Care
    If you're missing loved ones this Christmas there is help at hand

    Cruse Bereavement Care is just one of the specialist agencies the RAF Benevolent Fund works with to support RAF personnel past and present.

  • Gwladys Anderson and her husband
    Keeping Gwladys warm this winter

    When 95-year-old Gwladys Anderson's boiler broke down just before Christmas 2016, festivities at the old stone house in Crail, Fife, were all but over.

  • Henry Conway meeting Stan Hartill
    Two unlikely friends: When Stan met Henry

    We all like to receive nice gifts on our birthday, but when Henry Conway turned six, he asked for something a little different.

  • Ruth Theaker
    "Leading the way for women in the RAF"

    When the WRAF was formed in 1918, Ruth Theaker was one of the first to sign up. In this blog, part of our Women at War 100 series, her grandson David Rainford tells her story.

  • Gladys Wissett
    "We were stronger than the Germans!"

    For 96-year-old Gladys, a call-up to the WAAF in 1940 was her chance to help the war effort.

  • 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.

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