Repaying our debt to brave members of RAF

From: Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy, RAF Benevolent Fund.

EACH September we remember the young men who bravely flew over the burning East End and towards danger in the harrowing summer months of 1940, repelling Hitler’s Luftwaffe and saving Britain from invasion. And we remember the aircrew and the ground crew who supported them.

Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of what later became known as the Battle of Britain. In the intervening years, so many young men and women have followed in their footsteps.

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Serving alongside these veterans through all those years has been the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. Since 1919 we have been dedicated to serving the entire RAF family, from the oldest veteran to the youngest child of serving personnel.

We’re here for any member of the RAF family in their time of need, whether it be financial, physical, or emotional.

But far too often those veterans who served or grew up in the times of “make do and mend” don’t come to us when they’re struggling to get by. They don’t know about us, they don’t want to trouble us, or they don’t think their National Service time in the RAF makes them eligible for our support But the RAF Benevolent Fund exists to repay “the debt we owe”.