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The RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) celebrated its centenary year in 2019. The Royal Air Force’s largest charity aims to provide a superlative level of care and support to both serving and former members of the RAF and their dependents both young and old who are in need. Whether it’s relationship counselling, respite breaks, financial assistance, or practical help, the RAFBF is there for every member of The RAF family. We have a diverse range of support services helping to deliver a more nuanced approach to the welfare needs of every individual with dignity and respect. Our outreach programme Change A Life aims to connect with up to 100,000 people who could be in urgent need of our support right now.

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Bomber Command Memorial

Jim Dooley from The Dooleys and his good friend, SBID Ambassador; the late Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, were the two pop stars that helped kick start a fund raising campaign together with The Fund to build the Bomber Command Memorial in London’s Green Park. This was to recognise the sacrifice of the 55,573 brave aircrew, all of whom were volunteers and had given their lives whilst in service to this branch of the RAF during World War II. No such memorial previously existed in the UK. During the international publicity campaign over £12,000,000 was raised in donations. Command Memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 24 June 2012.

Since then, Jim has continued to support the  Fund with his charity work. Jim recently escorted two Second World War Bomber Command veterans, Jack Cook (94) and Tom Rogers (93) to the Netherlands, to celebrate the 75th year of freedom and to commemorate Operation Manna. The international service was held at the Memorial of Tolerance in Haalen, Holland.

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