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  • Dean Payne
    Bright future thanks to the Fund

    This December SAC Dean Payne will be leaving the Royal Air Force after seven years of service. With Dean facing unemployment and his wife, Leonie, expecting their second child, it has been a stressful time for the young family but Dean has found a shoulder to lean on.

  • Table tennis
    Supporting RAF personnel abroad

    The pressures of serving in the Royal Air Force are no secret, especially during operations abroad where personnel can be away from home for extended periods of time. The RAF Benevolent Fund recently gave a grant to those currently stationed in Iraq.

  • Trossachs, Scotland
    "First class respite in time of desperate need"

    The RAF Disabled Holiday Trust, managed by the RAF Benevolent Fund, exists to ensure RAF veterans can enjoy a holiday, free from the worry of whether accommodation is accessible or not. In this guest blog, we hear from John Allen who recently visited Tigh Mor in Scotland with his wife Vivian.

  • Stuart Robinson
    RAF veteran to serve his country again – on the rugby pitch!

    Former RAF Regiment Gunner Stuart Robinson prepares to do battle for his country again this time on the rugby pitch as part of a strong Great Britain squad competing in the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup in Australia. In this guest blog Stuart, also an RAF Benevolent Fund Ambassador, tells us about the squad's preparations.

  • Luke Delahunty at Westminster Abbey
    "A day to remember and a day to be proud"

    RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Luke Delahunty joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at a Westminster Abbey service to celebrate the RAF's centenary earlier this month. In this guest blog, he tells us about his day.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering the man who helped keep the Spitfires in the sky

    Stan, who has died aged 97, was always humble about his contribution to the war effort, insisting he was 'just doing his job' but we remember his bravery and selflessness.

  • Nik Bartram generations
    "My great-grandfather was one of the first to join the Royal Air Force"

    For one family, the Royal Air Force's centenary isn't just a national celebration – it's a very personal one. For them, 1 April 1918 marked the beginning of four generations of service.

  • 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'.

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