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Summer of support for RAF families

From RAF Benson to RAF Wyton, the RAF Benevolent Fund has spent almost £50,000 in its second year of support for station families' days.

RAF Benson personnel cooking a hog roastPersonnel at RAF Benson put on a tasty hog roast at the station's Families' Day

The annual events are a much-loved date on the calendar when serving personnel are given the opportunity to share their working life with their loved ones. Families are able to relax and recuperate within their own community, without the pressure of operations, which is particularly important on stations where personnel are deployed short notice.

The RAF Benevolent Fund made grants to 34 stations, awarding a total of £47,000 to support the events. As well as grants, volunteers and representatives from the Fund's regional teams went along to join in the fun often joined by Ben Elephant and the Fund's spectacular Aston Martin Red 10 — which you could win!

Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy, said: "Supporting families' days is just one way the Fund helps the RAF Family on stations. It is the perfect time for families to enjoy spending time together with friends and colleagues, allowing them time to unwind after the pressure of operations and deployments.

"The Fund also offers a range of welfare services to serving families, including funding CAB outreach, Airplay youth services and Relate counselling to name just a few."

Last year the RAF Benevolent Fund spent £3million supporting the serving RAF family.

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