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Research shows clear public concern over UK veterans’ care

New research from the Royal Air Forces Association shows that less than one in five (19%) adults think UK military veterans are well looked after.[1]

This figure does fluctuate across different age groups, but remains worryingly low throughout – it is lowest (9%) among respondents aged 65+, while people aged 25-34 had most confidence (32%) that veterans are well looked after.

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RAF Association helps RAF widows keep in touch

The Royal Air Forces Association has donated three laptops to the RAF Widows Association, which will allow the organisation to keep in better touch with members, while ensuring their personal data is kept securely.

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association, said: “The RAF Association is here to help members of the RAF family in a variety of ways – sometimes it’s financial, sometimes emotional and sometimes that help is practical.

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Providing Joanna with a relaxing break

The RAF Association’s welfare support can provide more than material items. For some it can provide relaxation. For Joanna it was giving her a much-needed holiday with a friend to Flowerdown House in Weston-super-Mare.

Joanna’s husband did his National Service in the Royal Air Force, as a mechanic at RAF Hereford. He passed away 11 years ago, and Joanna missed the companionship when it came to going on holiday.

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Becci set to foil her opponents thanks to the RAF Association

The RAF Association helps many people to achieve their dreams. People like student, Becci Curwen, who finds time in between schoolwork and air cadet meetings, to be a top Great British fencer!

At just 15 years of age, Becci is part of the GB under 17 Fencing Foil team, and at the end of last season ranked sixth in England and 24th in Great Britain. She has now jumped to 13th place in the GB rankings, after some fantastic results.

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Oliver aims for Europe

The RAF Association supports people in reaching their goals, whatever they may be. Wing Commander Steve Wood, Officer Commanding Base Support Wing at RAF Leeming got in touch when his son needed some support to achieve his dreams.

Aged 18, Oliver wants to become a top triathlete, and has worked incredibly hard, being selected to represent Team GB in the 2016 Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships in Kalkar, Germany

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The fastest Santas in the southern hemisphere!

Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands turned red on 21 December, thanks to a Santa Run in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association’s Storybook Wings initiative.

The three mile run (1.5 mile walk for younger Santas) took in the sights of Mount Pleasant Complex. Servicemen and women, dependants and civilians were all welcomed, as were any canine family members!

Santas were encouraged to raise funds for the RAF charity to fund happier bedtimes for children missing a parent working away from home this Christmas.

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Accommodation vacancies in Melton Mowbray and Moffat for RAF veterans and family members

There are vacancies at the Royal Air Forces Association’s Wexford House assisted living facility in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and Dowding House independent accommodation in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.

There are several vacancies at Dowding House in Moffat for former RAF personnel or their widow/widowers. The independent living facility is owned by the Association and operated by Hanover Housing. It allows retired RAF personnel and their spouses to retain their independence, with minimal support available from a warden.

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