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The Challenge

Celebrating 80 Years of the UK Premier Youth Organisation in Partnership with The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. 

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets, and the RAF Benevolent Fund has joined forces with the youth organisation to help mark the milestone.

Throughout their 80-year history the air cadets have been inspiring their members to go on to great things, whether that be as part of the Royal Air Force itself or further afield. The cadets have played a key role in helping the Fund to be there for the RAF Family, whether that’s raising money, supporting events or helping to raise awareness.

To celebrate this anniversary, the RAF Benevolent Fund has launched an online book collecting memories from former and current members, asking them to share what their time as an air cadet meant to them.

A virtual fundraiser, 80 Miles in 80 Days, has also been launched to raise £80,000 for the two causes during this special year. Walk, run, cycle, row, swim; cover one mile a day or complete all 80 in one weekend – it is up to you.

The Fund is also proud to announce that their welfare support for the RAF Air Cadets, including members of the Combined Cadet Force, is being enhanced. Support includes emotional wellbeing, counselling and bereavement support, as well as financial support if a member is killed, on or off duty. This also extends to staff cadets and uniformed volunteers.

Visit rafbf.org/aircadets for more information.