A Look At The Work Of The RAF Benevolent Fund
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A Look At The Work Of The RAF Benevolent Fund

Founded by Lord Trenchard almost 100 years ago, the RAF Benevolent Fund continues to provide support for serving members and veterans of the...

A Look At The Work Of The RAF Benevolent Fund
Founded by Lord Trenchard almost 100 years ago, the RAF Benevolent Fund continues to provide support for serving members and veterans of the Royal Air Force.
 
The charity launched a new Individual Support Service, which provides practical and emotional assistance for current and former service personnel, at the Churchill War Rooms earlier this month.
 
It comes after the fund released a new report, which found that a significant number of RAF veterans are struggling with psychological difficulties - but only 8% are seeking help to combat issues like depression, loneliness and bereavement. 
 
Veteran Stan Hartill relies on his daughter, Sandra, to drive him around as an illness means he can no longer use public transport.  
 
 
The RAF Benevolent Fund gave Stan financial assistance in order to help with the costs of running the car. They also supported him when the maintenance charge on his flat was increased by 20%. 
 
The help that Stan has received means that the 95-year-old can still maintain his independence. Stan told the RAF Benevolent Fund: 
 
"I'd always wanted to stay in my own home but when the maintenance charge increased by 20 per cent, I couldn't stretch to it.
 
"I have a few health problems as well which makes travelling on public transport difficult and I rely on my daughter to drive me everywhere so I asked for a little help to run the car as well.
 
"To this day I really appreciate the help the RAF Benevolent Fund has given me – the calls on them must be tremendous and I’m such a small cog but I’ll be indebted to them for the rest of my days."
 
"To enable me to stay in my own home with my daughter a few yards away from me, 24 hours a day – I'm a very lucky man. I can lead a normal life thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund."
 
The fund is eager to support more people like Stan, and so is asking that people spread the word about the services they offer.
 
In the last year alone they spent nearly £19 million on supporting around 40,000 members.  Any member of an RAF family can request help from the fund.