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Rotary joins forces with the RAF Association in pilot to befriend veterans

Lonely RAF veterans will benefit this August when seven Rotarians from North Wales and parts of North West England complete their befriending training with the Royal Air Forces Association. With more than half of the UK Armed Forces veteran population aged 75 or over, relationship/isolation issues affect approximately 170,000 RAF veterans, with 85,000 of them specifically experiencing loneliness. The RAF Association is introducing the new befriending service across the UK to provide much-needed support and companionship to these thousands of RAF veterans.

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New leadership for Royal Air Forces Association

Air Marshal Sir Baz North replaces Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller as President – as the Association experiences big growth in membership and also in calls for welfare assistance

The Royal Air Forces (RAF) Association today announces the appointment of Air Marshal Sir Baz North as its new President, replacing Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller.

In his new role, Sir Baz will join the charity’s board of trustees and play a key role in ensuring the Association continues to provide world-class support to the RAF family.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours – local man recognised for international contribution to RAF Association’s charity work

Barry Furness, of Fareham, Hampshire, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours awards in recognition of his work for the Royal Air Forces Association –the charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family.

Nick Bunting, Secretary General of the Association said, “Since 1974, Barry has worked ceaselessly to promote the aims of the Royal Air Forces Association and in doing so has reached a huge variety of people. His remarkable drive, infectious enthusiasm and strong leadership, in posts from the bottom to the top of the Association, have inspired those he has reached and greatly strengthened support for the Association, locally and nationally and abroad.”

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RAF Association hosts annual remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum

Beloved members of the RAF who have given their lives for their country were remembered by relatives and friends on Friday 16 June 2017 when The Royal Air Forces Association held its annual remembrance service.

The ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire gave around 300 family members, friends and colleagues the opportunity to commemorate the lives of relatives and ancestors who lost their lives, some of whom have no grave or last resting place.

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RAF Association opens new community hub in the heart of Preston – and presents WWII veteran with his medals during the opening ceremony

A WWII veteran was finally presented with medals he earned from the campaign, 72 years after leaving the RAF. The medal ceremony for Albert Pemberton-Sheen formed part of the formal launch of the RAF Association’s new Wings Centre, on Fishergate, Preston, on Tuesday 6 June 2017. As well as Albert, guests of honour included the mayor of Preston and the secretary general of the Royal Air Forces Association.

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RAF Association volunteer spotlight: Jeni – Befriender

The RAF Association is proud to celebrate all of their 3,340 volunteers. To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we are spotlighting a few of these special volunteers. First up is Jeni, a Befriender from Lincolnshire.

Please introduce yourself

I’m Jeni, I was in the RAF for 11 years as an assistant air traffic controller and now I’m an emergency care practitioner. I work and volunteer in Lincolnshire as a Befriender, volunteering since last December.

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Supporting the family of a WWII pilot

When Deborah and her husband were worrying with the stress of her mum’s care home fees, they turned to the RAF Association for support.

Deborah’s dad was a pilot during WWII, staying in the air force for eight years. He met Deborah’s mum, Pat after leaving the Air Force and they were happily married for many years until he passed away, leaving Pat alone. Nowadays, Pat is sadly living with mixed dementia, she has had Alzheimer’s disease for many years, but when a stroke left her struggling with mobility, she was further diagnosed with vascular dementia.

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Giving John his freedom back

When living independently was starting to be too much for John, he got in touch with the Royal Air Forces Association, to see if there was any support available.

John served in the Royal Air Force from 1970 to 1977. He was an aerospace systems operator and served throughout the UK as well as in Malta, Cyprus and Belgium. After deciding to leave the RAF he moved abroad, instructing and training in Saudi Arabia, before meeting his wife and returning to the UK.

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‘Tour of Lincs’ in aid of RAF Association’s work

A group of serving Royal Air Force personnel are cycling an 82 mile ‘Tour of Lincs’ in a single day, to raise funds for the Royal Air Forces Association.

Led by a group of RAF personnel based at RAF Scampton, the team currently has 20 members signed up for the ride on 19 April 2017. They will tour five RAF Stations in Lincolnshire, stopping at each to raise funds and talk about the work of the Association. Members of RAF Scampton’s cycle club are also heavily involved.

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