10:34 AM 25th October 2019
74-year-old Yorkshire Veteran Joins RAF Benevolent Fund To Celebrate Its Centenary
David (third from the left) with other members of the RAF family that the Fund has supported . Photo: RAF Benevolent Fund
Earlier this week a veteran from North Yorkshire joined the RAF Benevolent Fund to celebrate the charity’s 100th anniversary. It marked the occasion by hosting an afternoon tea at the RAF Club followed by a reception at St James’s Palace hosted by the charity’s President, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.
The charity brought together 10 generations of beneficiaries for a one-off photoshoot, including 74-year-old veteran David Waring. David’s father served in the RAF and was shot down and killed on New Year's Eve during the Second World War when his mother was three months pregnant with David.
The Fund’s education grant supported David through school, taking pressures off his single mother. It also helped David financially by helping to pay for his private pilots’ licence, something that he believes helped him to join the RAF.
David said: “It’s been fantastic celebrating the RAF Benevolent Fund’s 100th year with so many others who have been supported in one way or another. My family have benefitted greatly from the Fund, so it’s an honour to have been invited along.”
David’s family has been a part of the Royal Air Force for almost as long as it has existed, as his son, Mike, is currently serving at RAF Cranwell. The RAF Benevolent Fund has also supported Mike’s daughter – David’s granddaughter – who has special needs. It has provided swimming lessons and Riding for the Disabled classes, helping her to develop both physically and mentally.
As the charity marks its centenary, the RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a major campaign calling on the public to ‘Join the Search. Change a Life.’ The Fund is asking the public to help them find individuals who have served in the RAF, or their partners, and may now be in need. The charity believes there are up to 100,000, mainly older, members of the RAF Family in urgent need of support but are not seeking it.
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “We are incredibly proud to be the RAF’s oldest friend. Since 1919, we have helped people affected by two World Wars and all manner of other conflicts, as well as those whose lives have been turned upside down away from battle.
“But we know that we can do more. Last year we supported over 53,000 people but there are so many others who are eligible for our support and in need. Often, these are people who undertook National Service and, wrongly, don’t think of themselves as part of the RAF Family. But they did their bit and we all have a responsibility to ensure these people access the life-changing support that is rightfully theirs.”
To refer someone to the RAF Benevolent Fund, go to rafbf.org
or call 0300 102 1919.