The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund will be the Goodwood Revival’s chosen beneficiary this September. Working alongside official charity partner, the Richard Burns Foundation, the RAF Benevolent Fund will raise money to support RAF personnel, past and present, and their families.
Paul Hewson, Regional Director at the charity, said:”The strong aviation feel to the Revival meant that the RAF Benevolent Fund was delighted when Lord March agreed to the Fund becoming the chosen beneficiary for 2015, working alongside the Richard Burns Foundation. It is particularly appropriate this year, as 2015 is the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, when we remember the sacrifice and courage of ‘the Few’ who defended the nation against the daily onslaught by the Luftwaffe.
“There are still a small number of veterans of that campaign alive today who recall the dark days of 1940, when so many of their colleagues gave their lives for the nation. Today the Fund continues to care for members of the RAF family in their time of need just as it did in 1940, offering a full spectrum of care.”
Hewson went on to show his appreciation for the funds due to be raised at the Revival from 11 – 13 September and explained that this will go on to deliver important care and support to members of the RAF family now and in the future. The RAFBF runs a number of projects, including the respite home Princess Marina House in Rustington, West Sussex, which is currently undergoing refurbishment to offer a better facility.
The RAFBF was founded one year after the Royal Air Force and seeks to provide financial, practical and emotional support to personnel and their families. In 2014, it spent more than £18 million supporting more than 40,000 members of the RAF family.
There will be a stand at the Revival where visitors can donate money and volunteers collecting on the gates too, but if you would like to donate online please visit the RAFBF page.