About the Fund

Side by side. Shoulder to shoulder. The RAF Benevolent Fund has supported the airmen and airwomen of the Royal Air Force and their families for 100 years.


In 1919, the first assistance we provided was a shilling for a night’s lodging, allowing a young airman an opportunity to seek work.

Today we provide a much broader range of financial, practical and emotional support to more than 55,000 members of the RAF Family.

We help everyone from children growing up on RAF stations to those currently serving and keeping our skies safe as well as the veterans who fought for our freedom.

The centenary of the RAF is a chance for the nation to reconnect with the airmen and airwomen who defended this country in its most perilous moments, to honour their dedication, commitment and bravery and to reflect on how these qualities endure in the RAF today.

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about the difference we can make with your support.

Discover more about the RAF’s centenary and the events and celebrations that will be taking place this year.

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Your donation not only enables us to help RAF veterans remain independent in their homes for longer, it allows us to support RAF families in need. It means we can change lives for the better.

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