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Paint the town red… and yellow, pink, blue, green and purple for the RAF Association!

The Royal Air Forces Association wants to keep everyone near RAF Cosford and RAF Wittering in the pink at RAFA Colour Chaos on 26 August and 9 September respectively.

These fun family events, open to the general public, are being held within the grounds of RAF Cosford and RAF Wittering and will entail approximately 5km of colourful fun. You can run, jog, dance, walk, whatever you feel like; the one certain thing is that you will get plastered in powder paint!

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RAF Association launches new gift to help parents feel closer to home

The Royal Air Forces Association is helping serving personnel feel more connected to home by launching the ‘Wings Doodle Box’.

The boxes will be given to all children who receive a Storybook Wings story from now until the end of 2018 and are being launched to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the hugely popular scheme. The boxes contain a pillow case, wash bag, welcome home banner and cards, all of which can be coloured in using the fabric pens provided. The box itself can also be coloured in to make it stand out in a parent or carer’s bedroom.

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RAF Association launches search for 100th Flying Scholar

The RAF Association is opening its Flying Scholarship awards for the eighteenth year to grant six exceptional young people the chance to fly.

So far, 99 air cadets have benefited from the programme, with the 100th cadet due to be among the 2018 finalists. The best of the 2018 applicants will be rewarded with a course of 35 hours flight training in a light aircraft. Five ‘runners-up’ will receive 12 hours training each. The Flying Scholarship programme runs annually as a thank you from the RAF Association to members of the RAF Air Cadets for their continuous support of the charity’s fundraising.

All of the 2017 winners achieved solo flights by the end of their week of training.

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Helping Ian to get out and about

The RAF Association supports members of the RAF family in many different ways. When Ian felt like he was losing his independence, he reached out to the RAF Association.

Ian joined the RAF in 1958, working as a teleprinter operator, sending signals from station to station. During his time in the RAF, Ian served at many UK bases, including Brize Norton,

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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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Celebrities join RAF hero to back national fundraising campaign

RAF hero Stuart Robinson has helped launch the RAF Benevolent Fund’s national fundraiser, the Great British Sunday Lunch. The former RAF Gunner suffered life-changing injuries in 2013 when his vehicle hit an IED in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of both his legs. He was joined at his home in Morecambe, Lancs, by the Midland Hotel’s head chef, Michael Wilson who helped him sharpen up his culinary skills and prepare a mouth-watering dish.

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Coombeshead Academy pupil wins national competition for Red, White & Blue Day

Evie Manning’s WW1 inspired postcard takes top prize for Charity competition

A pupil from Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot, Evie Manning aged 12, has won a national competition to design World War One inspired conscription postcards imaging what life would be like for soldiers in the war.

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Service to Civvy – are you pension ready?

MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services (DBS), has launched a campaign to encourage Service Personnel, Veterans and their families to get ‘Pension Ready’.

The campaign aims to promote the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, which are administered by Veterans UK, and motivate the Armed Forces Community to start thinking about their Pension throughout their Service career and not just as they are reaching the end of it.

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