For over 100 years, the RAF Benevolent Fund has been the RAF’s oldest friend – loyal, generous and always there. They support current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial help.
Their vision is that no member of the RAF Family will ever face adversity alone. The Fund is unique in providing a range of support services for serving RAF and their dependants, currently 74% of their beneficiaries are over the age of 65 years. For veterans and their partners, they offer welfare services such as financial grants to aid day-to-day living, or to cover one off unexpected costs, like replacing a broken boiler, through to adapting homes for injured and disabled veterans to help them live independently. They also currently provide over 200 low cost, adapted rental homes in the UK for wounded, injured or sick veterans and their families. In order to tackle loneliness they host weekly Telephone Friendship Groups, to help those who are isolated or feeling lonely, including for surviving partners of veterans and carers.
The Fund is also there to support current serving personnel. They understand the pressures serving men and women and their families can feel. Deployment, separation and frequent moves can all take their toll. As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, they are able to provide a range of support and advice for serving RAF personnel and their dependants. Whether the need be financial, emotional, or assistance with childcare and youth support.