Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund RAFBF All Winners CREDIT RAF Benevolent Fund
All the winners pose together for a photo (Picture: RAF Benevolent Fund).
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RAF Benevolent Fund celebrates generosity of supporters

The awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of RAF personnel, veterans and supporters of the charity.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund RAFBF All Winners CREDIT RAF Benevolent Fund
All the winners pose together for a photo (Picture: RAF Benevolent Fund).

The RAF Benevolent Fund has recognised the inspirational achievements of its supporters and fundraisers at a prestigious annual awards ceremony. 

Held at Plaisterers' Hall in London, the event on 9 June was attended by hundreds of Royal Air Force personnel, veterans and supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund. 

Founded by Lord Trenchard more than 100 years ago, the RAF Benevolent Fund is the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity, providing support for serving members and veterans of the RAF.

The RAF Benevolent Fund spent £26m in 2020 to support more than 63,700 members of the Royal Air Force family. 

Now in its 10th year, the RAF Benevolent Fund Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of fundraisers, volunteers, and partners. 

Who were among the winners? 

RAF Valley was awarded the title of RAF Station of the Year for developing the first RAF Benevolent Fund Committee at the station in 2021, which organised a host of fundraising events in support of the Fund. 

Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth picked up the 'Above and Beyond' award for his incredible cycling achievements and role in the hugely successful Dambusters Ride, which returned to Lincolnshire again this year.  

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "It has been wonderful to see all our generous supporters and fundraisers as we once again celebrate their efforts.  

"The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise all of the great work that allows us to continue supporting RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families and making a real improvement to their lives. 

"Many congratulations to all this year's winners, their inspirational enthusiasm, creativity and generosity has been wonderful to see. 

"From everyone at the RAF Benevolent Fund – thank you." 

Above and Beyond Award Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth CREDIT Oliver Dixon RAF Benevolent Fund
Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth won the Above and Beyond award (Picture: Oliver Dixon/RAF Benevolent Fund).

Below is the full list of winners of this year's awards.

Above & Beyond

Wg Cdr Mike Ainsworth 

Airplay Youth Worker of the Year

Ian Savage, RAF Marham 

ATC/UAS of the Year

2071 (Stamford)

RAF Station of the Year

RAF Valley 

RAF Station of the Year RAF Valley CREDIT Oliver Dixon RAF Benevolent Fund
RAF Valley was awarded the title of 'RAF Station of the Year' (Picture: Oliver Dixon/RAF Benevolent Fund).

Fundraising Team of the Year

Scottish Torque Show Team 

Outstanding Support from an Organisation

Wimbledon Foundation 

RAF Stations Challenge Cup

Leuchars Station 

Special Recognition

The April Fools' Club 

Welfare Caseworker of the Year

Pip Iles 

Pip Iles Welfare Caseworker of the Year CREDIT Oliver Dixon RAF Benevolent Fund
Pip Iles won the Welfare Caseworker of the Year award (Picture: Oliver Dixon/RAF Benevolent Fund).