“For £20 or less each year you can show your support for RAF personnel all year round and help us provide vital welfare and opportunities to veterans, cadets and serving men and women.”
The RAF Association’s Grimsby and Cleethorpes Branch is encouraging local people to show their appreciation of serving personnel during this weekend’s Armed Forces Day celebrations by joining up!
“But we don’t mean joining the RAF – though people will find it an amazing and rewarding career,” says Graham Malster, Chairman of Grimsby and Cleethorpes Branch.
“We mean joining the Royal Air Forces Association, the charity that supports the RAF. For £20 or less each year you can show your support for RAF personnel all year round and help us provide vital welfare and opportunities to veterans, cadets and serving men and women. You also get access to our newly refurbished club on Alexandra Road, where we host regular evening activities. Members get a glossy quarterly magazine and a host of other benefits and rewards, so it’s a win win!”
There are more than 2,000 members of the Association in Lincolnshire and more than 65,500 worldwide. This weekend, 30 June to 2 July, the charity will be joining personnel and other armed forces charities for the Cleethorpes parade and air displays. Festivities include the RAF’s famous Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a whole host of local celebrations and activities. The RAF Association Club will be open throughout the weekend, making a great focal point for our members and Armed Forces personnel to join together for this fabulous occasion.
“We are looking forward to a wonderful coming together of people who want to say thank you to everyone who has served or who is serving, and their families,” continued Graham. “And we hope lots more people will join us in our mission to make sure that no one who has served in the RAF should be disadvantaged or suffer as a result.”
About the Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association) is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family.
The Association recognises that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country, and we believe that such a sacrifice should not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a World War II veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help all generations of RAF personnel and their families. We also support serving families if they need us. We give practical, emotional and financial support.
Our membership of more than 65,500 includes serving RAF personnel, veterans and members of the public who want to show their support for the work that we do.
Across the UK in 2016 the Association carried out 13,800 home visits, helped tell thousands of bedtime stories to children whose parents were away on operations, and gave tailored holidays to 2,500 RAF veterans, widows and family at our Wings Break hotels. Our support ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.