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RAFB Campaign Video - Graphics from the ‘Join the search. Change a life’ campaign

RAF Benevolent Fund’s search campaign

The RAF Benevolent Fund’s new major charity campaign aims to get thousands of RAF veterans in need back on the radar, and urges the public to ‘Join the search. Change a life’.

The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a nationwide campaign, supported by actor Sir David Jason, entitled ‘Join the Search. Change a Life’, encouraging the public to get thousands of RAF veterans and their families ‘back on the radar’ and, if they need it, accessing support that is rightfully theirs.

The launch, timed to coincide with the Fund’s centenary, took place at RAF Odiham in Hampshire and saw 1,000+ RAF Family members come together to form a ‘Human Radar’ lightshow to highlight the charity’s search for those who served and may now need support.

Research carried out by the Fund estimates that the RAF Family is made up of 1.4 million people who are serving or who have served in the RAF, whether as a regular or reservist, and their spouses, partners or dependent children. Three quarters of them are aged over 65. The RAF Benevolent Fund is urging the public to consider whether they have friends or family connected to the RAF and, if they’re in need of financial or emotional support, to refer them to the Fund and get them back on the radar.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “We know they’re out there. Men and women who once served, or did their National Service in the RAF, and now need our help. No veteran should be left fighting alone, whether that be in the face of financial, emotional or health problems. We have life-changing support available for all members of the RAF Family.

“Too many ex-Service people do not seek the support that is rightfully theirs due to misplaced pride, shame or through not knowing support is there. So, in our centenary year we are launching a major campaign to get people to think about who they know who may be eligible for and in need of our support. They may be your friends, neighbours or relatives. They did their duty, now we, as a society, must do ours before it’s too late.”

Source: RAF Benevolent Fund