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  • Robert Rimmington
    New benefits advocacy service already having an impact

    Our Benefits Advice and Advocacy Service was launched earlier this year to offer a new kind of support. Robert Rimmington explains how it has helped him.

  • Derek Whitaker and his late wife Mary
    Why my wife and I loved "every minute" at Princess Marina House

    Derek Whitaker, 82, did his National Service in the RAF from 1954 to 1956 as a Radar Operator. In this guest blog, Derek tells us why our respite home Princess Marina House holds such fond memories for him.

  • Mick McConnell with Memphis
    RAF veterans recognised at Soldiering On Awards

    Three exceptional RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiaries recognised at the Soldiering On annual award ceremony in central London

  • Advice and Advocacy Service
    New Advice and Advocacy Service launched

    On 1 April 2015 a new important piece of legislation will come into force. At the RAF Benevolent Fund, we have launched a new Advice and Advocacy Service to provide members of the RAF family with advice to help them the benefits and care they're entitled to. Charlotte Bull, our Care Services Advocacy Executive, explains more.

  • An RAF family
    Meeting the needs of RAF families in need of a break

    Long tours of Afghanistan, separation and frequent moves add to the pressures of family life and many RAF families just need a few days away together to recuperate. Seaside Cottages Manager, Shirley Steeples, tells us why we urgently need to build two new apartments this year.

  • Jim and Irene
    Valentine's special: Irene and Jim

    In our third Valentine's blog celebrating RAF couples, we bring you the story of Jim and Irene Vidler. Jim was a Battle of Britain veteran who sadly passed away on 10 November 2014. Jim had been married to Irene for 48 years and during that time they never spent a day apart. She tells us why you can never say goodbye to the love of your life.

  • Stuart and Amy
    Valentine's special: Amy and Stuart

    In our second Valentine's blog celebrating RAF couples, we bring you the story of former RAF Corporal Amy Robinson and her husband Stuart.

  • Rebecca and Colin
    Valentine's special: Rebecca and Colin

    This week in the run up to Valentine's Day, we're celebrating RAF couples and today we start with Rebecca Scott and her RAF partner Colin. Although the couple don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, this Valentine's is set to be different as Colin will be back from a deployment in the Falklands. 

  • RAF families enjoy special screenings of Disney's Planes 2: Fire and Rescue

    Following the soar away success of Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in cinemas, Disney launched the film on DVD this week and gave RAF families an opportunity to watch the high-flying comedy at RAF stations around the country.

  • Hearing restored for RAF veteran

    "I'm glad God's not deaf," said Wally Banford, 84, as he was fitted for hearing aids. Wally contacted the RAF Benevolent Fund this summer for help with hearing aids and we arranged for him to visit the headquarters of Starkey, a world leader in hearing aids.

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