The Royal Air Forces Association, which has this year been pivotal in marking the RAF’s centenary, is now looking ahead to the next 100 years with plans to support even more serving and former RAF personnel, including war veterans…

Members’ subscriptions, together with donations and legacies, help the charity to run a variety of projects for all ages. These include bedtime stories for children whose parents are away on duty, befriending visits for people experiencing loneliness, subsidised holidays for struggling families, and sheltered housing for pensioners.

While many of the Association’s existing members have some kind of RAF connection, some join simply to do their bit to support people who have made sacrifices for their country.

Group Captain Del Rowlands, the Association’s Director of Membership, said all members enjoyed keeping in touch with the charity’s news, and those who wanted a more active role were encouraged to apply for volunteering opportunities.

He said: “Many of our members volunteered at RAF 100 events throughout 2018, helping to make a huge difference to the profile and success of the centenary celebrations.”

Ordinary membership costs £20.50 per year for those who are serving or have served in the RAF, Reserves, Royal Observer Corps or one of the Commonwealth Air Forces. People who are over 18 and were in the Air Cadet Organisation can also join as Ordinary Members.

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