Thursday 11th November 2021

The RAF Benevolent Fund has provided SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity with a grant of £30,720 as part of their three-year pledge to support the RAF family, totalling over £170,000. 

In 2019, the RAF Benevolent Fund pledged to provide annual support over three years towards SSAFA’s Forcesline and Norton House service, totalling over £170,000.

This year, SSAFA has been awarded a generous grant of £30,720 across the two services, enabling staff and volunteers to continue to make a difference and support the RAF family. 

A grant of £10,240 has been provided to support SSAFA’s Forcesline. A free and confidential telephone helpline, email service and webchat that provides support for serving (regulars and reserves), veterans and their families.

In 2020, Forcesline received over 27,700 enquiries, including 1,886 people via webchat.

The RAF Benevolent Fund’s grant also supports SSAFA’s Norton House, located in Leicestershire. The house provides free, safe and supportive accommodation to family members whose loved ones are receiving treatment for injuries at the nearby Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Norton House also provides a haven for those receiving treatment, allowing them a break from the hospital environment and providing them with peace of mind in the knowledge that their family is in a comfortable and reassuring environment.

In 2020, SSAFA’s Norton House, Stanford Hall supported 281 personnel and family members.

Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: These generous grants, provided by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund over the last three years, are an example of our joint commitment to working together in order to support members of the RAF Family.  We are very proud of the partnership and collaboration that exists across military charities to ensure that those in need within the Armed Forces community receive the support they require, and we look forward to that enduring in the future”

Pete Ashcroft, Head of Community Welfare Programmes at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “The RAF Benevolent Fund works with a number of partner organisations to help us deliver life-changing support services, like Forcesline and Norton House, to the RAF Family. Through these grants we are able to reach even more members of the RAF community in need, ensuring they have access to the right kind of help, when they need it.”

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