The RAF Association – 70 years of something special
The RAF Association celebrates it's 70th Anniversary in 2013, making it one of the longest standing Service charities. We are proud to have helped and to continue to help the whole Royal Air Force family, providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the Royal Air Force and their dependants.
The early welfare work of the Association started with it's charitable work in the 1930’s by helping unemployed members in need through benevolent schemes and the distribution of Christmas hampers, continuing through to the Association’s formation in 1943.
The foundations of the charity’s present structure were laid during the remaining wartime years, and the Association was fully prepared for the consequences of demobilisation, which began in 1945. Welfare officers, employment officials and legal advisers were appointed at National Headquarters and at local branch levels. At the Air Ministry’s invitation, officials attended Release Centres to inform demobilised Air Personnel how the Association could help them.
The work of the RAF Association has stayed relevant and it continues to help those who have served for at least a day in the RAF from its beginnings through to the present day. The RAF Association currently helps any serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families in times of need.
As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, we must continue to adapt to an ever-changing world. The needs of our veterans, old and young are constantly evolving and we must continue to serve them to the best of our ability. The Association exists in the recognition that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country, and to ensure that such a sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
Through the assistance of our generous members and volunteers we are proud to be helping thousands of truly amazing people. We are equally delighted to have such dedicated supporters who help us raise vital funds for the Wings Appeal.
As a result of our supporters’ all year round fundraising efforts, the RAF Association has been able to provide crucial support to serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families; around £1.6 million has been raised this year!