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Gifts in Wills

Nearly 70% of all donations that the RAF Benevolent Fund receives are from gifts left in Wills.

How gifts in Wills make a difference

All gifts, whether large or small, help us to be there for the RAF family.

Your legacy could one day come to the rescue of an RAF veteran of the Second World War in desperate need, a young airman who was injured in Afghanistan or a young widow and family of an RAF Squadron Leader.

We understand that your family and loved ones must always come first, but once they are taken care of we ask that you consider leaving a gift in your will to support members of the RAF family.

Making a pledge or donation

If you are considering leaving a gift in your will and wish to speak to somebody about the process then please see the information on the frequently asked questions page or contact Louise Gibson on 020 7307 3349.

You can also read stories about how the RAF personnel and their families who have been supported through the generosity of our donors.

Mr Cottam's pledge

"The RAF family has a long tradition of looking out for one another, and putting a gift in my Will to the RAF Benevolent Fund is my way of looking after the next generation."

Mr Cottam

Mr Cottam served in World War II as a wireless operator who signalled planes out of Britain with supplies, and back from the Front with the wounded. His unit was one of the first to enter Berlin at the end of the war.

After his service he became a welfare officer where he would visit members of the RAF family in difficult times and refer them to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Now it is his step-grandson who serves in the RAF.

"I was so proud when my step-grandson joined the RAF. This is us at his Passing Out Parade when he was awarded a 'Sparks' badge, just like I was during World War II."

The gift in Mr Cottam's Will, will go towards ensuring that the RAF Benevolent Fund will be there for his step grandson's generation of the RAF family in times of need. It is his "way of looking after the next generation."

Any questions?

If you would like any further information about leaving a gift in your Will, feel free to contact Kate Galbraith on 07568 427341 or

0800 169 2942

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