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Summer of support for RAF families

Benson hog roast

Personnel at RAF Benson put on a tasty hog roast at Families’ Day. Photo: RAF Benevolent Fund

From RAF Benson to RAF Wyton, the RAF Benevolent Fund has spent almost £50,000 in its second year of support for station families’ days.

The annual events are a much-loved date on the calendar when serving personnel are given the opportunity to share their working life with their loved ones. Families are able to relax and recuperate within their own community, without the pressure of operations, which is particularly important on stations where personnel are deployed short notice.

The RAF Benevolent Fund made grants to 34 stations, awarding a total of £47,000 to support the events. As well as grants, volunteers and representatives from the Fund’s regional teams went along to join in the fun often joined by Ben Elephant and the Fund’s spectacular Red 10 Aston Martin – which you could win!

Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy, said: “Supporting families’ days is just one way the Fund helps the RAF Family on stations. It is the perfect time for families to enjoy spending time together with friends and colleagues, allowing them time to unwind after the pressure of operations and deployments.

“The Fund also offers a range of welfare services to serving families, including funding CAB outreach, Airplay youth services and Relate counselling to name just a few.”

Last year the RAF Benevolent Fund spent £3million supporting the serving RAF family.

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For more information and high res images please contact:

Rebekah Sharrock, PR Officer, RAF Benevolent Fund

E: rebekah.sharrock@rafbf.org.uk | M: 07595 657979.

RAF Benevolent Fund: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity. We exist to support current and former members of the RAF, their partners and dependants, whenever they need us. In 2016 we spent £17.6m supporting more than 65,000 member of the RAF Family. For more information visit:  www.rafbf.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAFBF

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