Samantha Budde is our Public Relations Officer who began working for the Fund in February. In this guest blog, Samantha tells us about her role and about her first few months working for the charity.
I've worked in a number of different press roles, from political campaigns to public relations agencies, but I really wanted to work for a military charity.
As a military spouse, I have a personal understanding of the challenges facing military families, such as difficult deployments and frequent moves. I was thrilled to start working at the RAF Benevolent Fund to help fellow members of the Services community and highlight the excellent work of the Fund in the media.
What was most surprising to me, as I met my new colleagues and learned more about the charity, is the sheer scope of services that are provided by a small number of people.
People work here because they genuinely care and want to help others. And the RAF Benevolent Fund really is poised to help any member of the RAF family in need, whether that need is large or small.
Many think that the charity primarily helps elderly veterans, but it’s heart-warming to hear about the Fund assisting with a specialised bicycle for a disabled daughter of a serviceman to renovating a home for a young veteran confined to a wheelchair.
My job, as Public Relations Officer, is twofold. First and foremost, I help publicise the fundraising activities of the Fund, particularly the efforts of our volunteers across the country. Second, I try and highlight the good work of the Fund in both the active duty and civilian world. By sharing the stories of what we do, we are encouraging people to donate, fundraise, and call us if they need assistance.
Over the past few months, I have enjoyed getting to know my colleagues, visiting Princess Marina House – the Fund's respite house in Sussex, and meeting some fascinating veterans and servicemen and women. Hearing their tales of service and knowing that we can be of assistance when things get tough is inspiring, and I’m thrilled to be sharing the good works of the RAF Benevolent Fund in the press.
By Samantha Budde