Welcome to your special RAF Benevolent Fund centenary of One Heart (PDF 1.1MB). Inside you will meet a family whose service is as old as the RAF itself, and how your support has helped other members of our RAF Family and the personal battles they faced.
Celebrating Four Generations of Noble Service
Squadron Leader Mike Waring follows in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather. As the RAF Benevolent Fund enters our centenary year, Mike explains: “My family is distinctive for having four generations of pilots. If you cut us in half, we would be red, white and blue.” The Fund has also played an important role in the family, supporting Mike’s father and daughter over the years.
Read Mike's family story in One Heart (PDF 1.1MB)
A Different Kind of Courage
Tia’s parents were both serving at RAF Brize Norton when her mum tragically passed away. Tia was only ten years old. As a member of the Fund’s youth support programme, Airplay, for several years, it became even more important to Tia and her brother as a place where she could share her feelings and just be a child again. Last year, Tia was chosen to perform the Coin Toss at the Wimbledon Women’s Final, where she also met the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.