The RAF Association helped to bring a smile to many faces over the festive season with some Christmas cheer for RAF veterans and serving personnel.

The charity was contacted by the RAF to ask if some of their personnel serving in the Middle East could write Christmas cards to elderly UK veterans likely to experience loneliness.

An RAF spokesperson said: ‘Our personnel are keen to give back to the community, and we’re mindful of the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on veterans back home.’

The Association identified almost 100 older members of the RAF family who would appreciate an extra Christmas greeting, and forwarded the cards to them.

Also, as part of the charity’s ongoing care for the whole of the RAF community, the Association sent almost 1,000 gift hampers to personnel who were working on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Many of the hampers were delivered to UK RAF stations, while others have been transported to the Middle East – completing the circle with those writing Christmas cards for veterans.

The RAF Association continues to connect people and create friendships in 2021. Connections for Life is the charity’s new service, which matches caring, friendly volunteers with those experiencing isolation, and actively contacts vulnerable members of the RAF community to check on their welfare. Sometimes a chat and a cup of tea can make the world of difference.

You can find out more about Connections for Life here.

Updated 12 January 2021