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  • RAF Benevolent Fund Wellbeing and Coping Survey
    Research project aims to better understand emotional wellbeing needs of RAF personnel

    The Fund has launched a new survey in partnership with Swansea University to better understand the needs of the RAF Family. This project follows the Fund's Meeting the Needs of the Serving RAF Community research which was carried out in 2017.

  • Tribute to Eleanor Wadsworth
    Eleanor Wadsworth – a tribute

    One of the last surviving 'Spitfire women' Eleanor Wadsworth has passed away, aged 103. Mrs Wadsworth served as a Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilot during the Second World War, delivering aircraft and crew around the UK.

  • Bomber Command Veteran Jack Watson Remembrance RAF Benevolent Fund
    Iconic Lancaster marks 80 years in the sky

    For many it's the sound as well as the sight of an Avro Lancaster which makes her such a unique aircraft. Today marks 80 years since Roy Chadwick's invention took its first flight. The four-engined night bomber went on to take part in some of the most famous operations during the Second World War including the Dambusters raid.

  • Charities work together SSAFA and RAF Benevolent Fund
    Charities work together to support RAF veterans

    In 2019, we pledged to provide annual support over three years towards SSAFA's Forcesline and Norton House services. In 2020 this took the form of a grant of £25,275 across these two services, enabling staff and volunteers to continue to make a true difference, especially during such challenging times.

  • Charlie Witford and family
    Thrive workshops support RAF partners' wellbeing in 2021

    A new series of online workshops aimed at supporting the partners of RAF personnel will be launched next month. The Thrive programme, which provides a range of courses aimed at helping spouses overcome employment challenges, will begin with 'developing courage' on 4 February, teaching participants how to boost their confidence and self-belief.

  • The Richards family
    "Christmas is the beginning of our adventure in Florida"

    While Christmas will be very different for the majority of the UK this year, under Covid-19 restrictions for one RAF family it couldn't be further away from their usual celebrations as they set up home in Florida.

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    Top 10 blogs of 2020

    We had lots of great news, stories and Royal Air Force anniversaries on our website. We challenged ourselves once more and put together a list of this year's top 10 blogs.

  • Our audience survey RAF Benevolent Fund
    Fund invites RAF Family to take part in new audience research project

    We are conducting a new audience research project to improve how it communicates with the RAF Family. The Fund has launched the survey in partnership with the agency Bunnyfoot to find out more about its supporters, beneficiaries, and those who may be eligible for support from the Fund.

  • RAF Benson Airplay Connect Covid19 Restrictions RAF Benevolent Fund
    Airplay members stay connected during lockdown

    Airplay members at RAF Benson have stayed in touch during coronavirus restrictions using the new Airplay Connect digital platform. They tell us how COVID-19 has impacted their lives.

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    Airplay youth support scheme receives £110K boost from Wimbledon Foundation

    Airplay youth support scheme, which provides a safe place for youngsters whose parents serve in the RAF, will receive £110K funding over the next three years from the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships.

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