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  • 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.

  • Mark Yardley
    How we supported Flight Sergeant Mark Yardley

    Flight Sergeant Mark Yardley and his wife Dawn were excitedly looking forward to the birth of their son, Sam, in May 2006. But complications during Dawn's labour meant Sam had been starved of oxygen during delivery and they were later given the devastating news that he had suffered brain damage.

  • Ann and Lauren
    "If I could give Mum anything I'd want her to be better and still in the Air Force, doing what she loves"

    Ann Hughes served in the RAF Police but in 2007 her RAF career was cut short when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In this guest blog, Ann's daughter, Lauren, tells us about her amazing mum.

  • Catherine Argent and her Mum
    "Mum is my hero!"

    This Mother's Day we are celebrating all RAF mums. In this guest blog Catherine Argent, tells us why her mum has been such an inspiration to her over the years!

  • Peter Potter receives his Medal of Honour at PMH
    "Princess Marina House is a wonderful place"

    When former rear-gunner Peter Potter was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, there was only one place he wanted to have his medal presented to him, amongst friends and peers at the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House.

  • James and Eliza
    A home for James and Sarah

    In January 2017 James Faulkner and his wife Sarah celebrated buying their first home together. The couple had been living in an RAF Benevolent Fund Housing Trust property, where James had lived after he was diagnosed with a devastating brain tumour.

  • XV Squadron celebrate with Bill Lucas
    Britain's oldest Bomber Command pilot celebrates his 100th birthday at Princess Marina House

    Yesterday, Bomber Command veteran, Bill Lucas, marked his 100th birthday at the RAF Benevolent Fund's Princess Marina House.

  • The Sharrock family
    Spending Christmas away from loved ones

    Squadron Leader Matt Sharrock is just one of many RAF personnel who'll be spending Christmas away from their families.

  • St Clements Danes Church
    Carols ring out at St Clement Danes

    On Sunday 11 December, hundreds of guests enjoyed an unforgettable festive afternoon at the Royal Air Force Central Church, celebrating the spirit of Christmas for the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Carol Service.

  • Sam Lavender posing with his scooter
    "The best present I've ever had!"

    When RAF veteran Stanley Lavender suffered a stroke in 2014, he lost his independence. Now, he's encouraging others like him to ask for help should they find themselves in need.

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