Project BAG DROP
Many people in our RAF community are in high risk groups, experiencing complex health and welfare challenges that make them especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
While they are shielding or self-isolating, they are unable to leave home to shop for essentials and many do not have family or friends who are able to step in.
We are providing emergency provisions of food and hygiene supplies to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable members of our RAF community. This is an emergency service: those who have an ongoing requirement for supplies are initially provided with emergency bag drops, but are also referred to our welfare team who assist them in finding a longer-term solution.
This vital service has already supported many people in desperate need including RAF veteran Ken Topaz and his wife, Shirley.
Shirley was discharged from hospital just as the COVID-19 crisis started:
“As soon as we got home we decided to stay put because, being in our eighties we didn’t want to take any chances with our health. Unfortunately, after a fortnight we ran out of food and other essentials” – Shirley Topaz.
With family and friends either too far away or unable to leave their homes to provide help, the couple sent out a plea to the RAF Association and our bag drop service provided the essentials that they needed.
We are also seeking more volunteers to join the many hundreds who have already stepped forward to carry out bag drops for us. If you are able to offer your time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here and will continue to be here for anyone that needs us. We are united, standing shoulder to shoulder with our RAF community in these times of crisis.