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28th September 2012
Red, White and Blue Day, a national fundraising campaign focusing on Service children, was launched on Friday 21st September, with help from the pupils of Montgomery Infant School in Colchester – and the Royal Air Force.
RAF Regiment personnel from nearby RAF Honington joined army families to launch the project, while an RAF Chinook performed a flypast to salute those attending.
26th September 2012
With only a week to go We need your votes – please, on: Support given to RAF Families
We have so far received an enthusiastic response to our survey looking specifically at the support given to RAF Families but if you have not already voted we would really like to hear from you.
The RAF FF is preparing to engage with the RAF and those who provide welfare. In this survey we explore the...
18th September 2012
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP opened a new play park at RAF Brize Norton today, in Faulder Avenue, Carterton. Funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the play park has been built as a facility for the children of RAF families based at Brize Norton and will also be accessible to children living in the local area. It is part of the RAFBF’s ten-year, £24 million Airplay youth support...
7th September 2012
The 21st Century RAF family comes in all shapes and sizes. Many live on base, others do not. So what type of support do these differing family members need and are these needs being met? Are family members aware of the support already available? Do they feel supported by the RAF?
Open now on our website, and for the 30 days of September, is the RAF FF survey ‘Support given to RAF...
4th September 2012
Oxfordshire woman Helen Wright cycled 477 miles from Lands End to Dover during 19-27 August in memory of her friend, Squadron Leader Ant Downing, who was mortally wounded while serving with the Royal Air Force in Afghanistan. Riding solo on a tandem bike, the spare seat representing her missing friend, Helen raised over £600 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s...
3rd September 2012
The courage and contribution of those who fought bravely in the Battle of El Alamein will be formally marked by the Ministry of Defence with a special Service of Thanksgiving, held in Westminster Abbey at 3pm on Saturday 27 October 2012. The Reverend Jonathan Woodhouse QHC Chaplain-General (Army) will give the address at the Evensong service.
Winston Churchill famously described the battle,...
3rd September 2012
RAF Rally Champions Squadron Leader Craig Teasdale and Corporal Duncan Lilwall were in action at the Brands Hatch Summer Stages in Kent on Monday, 23rd August. Their Subaru Impreza joined 85 other rally cars at the iconic venue, tackling eight stages and 40 competitive miles as part of the RAF Rally championship. The Spookworks car is branded with the Heart Roundel logo of the RAF Benevolent...
31st August 2012
A RAF charity has set up a special site devoted to providing messages of support for an injured serviceman in his bid for Paralympic Gold.
With Olympic fever still running high for the 2012 Paralympics, RAF hero turned world champion cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth has been gearing up for his next major challenge.
In 2007 he was posted to Iraq and stationed in Basra working for Joint Force...
20th August 2012
As Dawn McCafferty, hands over the Federation to her successor, we look back on the first five years of the RAF Families Federation and assess how far it has come in meeting her original objectives when she was selected to be the first Chairman of this new organisation.
At her initial interview for the job in July 07, Dawn stated her intent to create a Federation that would be ‘seen as a...
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