The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support. In 2019, we spent more than £28.1M helping 71,700 members of the RAF Family.
We were founded in 1919 by Lord Trenchard, one year after he founded the Royal Air Force. We are here to help serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us.
How we can help
The RAF Benevolent Fund provides support for former and serving members of the RAF, their partners and dependent children (under 18). We also support Reservists, those who completed National Service and widows and widowers. Whether it is dealing with major life events, adapting to changes in circumstances, or paying for unexpected expenses due to a serious illness or a death in the family, you can turn to the RAF Benevolent Fund when you need it the most.
The types of assistance we can consider are:
In a first for the military charity sector, the RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new online application form to allow members of the RAF Family to access support more easily. The new application process will allow users to apply directly to the charity for financial assistance up to £750. Requests of this size accounted for 24% of all applications received by the Fund in 2019, equating to more than £400,000 of support for veterans, serving personnel and their families last year alone.
Regular Financial Assistance - to assist with day-to-day living costs. This can be for those on a state pension and in some circumstances those of working age in receipt of certain disability benefits who are unable to work long-term.
Essential Property Repairs - if you are experiencing financial difficulty and find that you can't afford to carry out essential repairs to your property, then the RAFBF may be able to assist. An example of essential property repairs might be repairing a roof that leaks, or a broken boiler.
Advice and Advocacy
The RAF Benevolent Fund has an advice and advocacy service giving RAF veterans and their families benefits advice and advocating on their behalf if they feel they are not receiving the support they are entitled to from the government, local NHS, or their local authority.
Help with living independently or with a disability
Help with adapting your home - If you need assistance with adapting your home to help you live independently, such as stairlifts, wheelchair ramps, level access showers.
Equipment to help at home - If you need assistance with care equipment such as profiling beds, riser recliner chairs, bath lifts, hoists, communications equipment.
Mobility equipment - such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs.
Domiciliary or residential care - If you need assistance with the cost of care at home or in a residential setting.
We work in partnership with specialist organisations to provide counselling and wellbeing services for all the RAF Family. We can offer support on a range of issues, including, bereavement, anxiety, depression and low mood.
Telephone friendship groups
At the RAF Benevolent Fund, we are helping isolated and lonely older people receive emotional support and friendship through our group friendship service in partnership with The Silver Line.
*Due to Covid-19 we are not able to arrange and provide welfare breaks at this time, we will resume business as usual once it is safe to do so.*
Getting away from the stresses and strains of daily life can make a difference in anyone's life. But during those times when you are experiencing unusually difficult challenges, a break can make all the difference in being able to carry on and cope.
Princess Marina House in Rustington, West Sussex is our welfare break and respite home for ex-RAF personnel. In the same location we have Seaside Cottages and Apartments for RAF couples and families.
RAF Disabled Holiday Trust - the RAF Disabled Holiday Trust can help pay for your holiday in the UK or abroad if you or your dependents have a severe disability.
In collaboration with the Royal Air Forces Association, can assist with funding for Wings Breaks Homes in Somerset, Northumberland and Lancashire.