veteran inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore is raising
money for charity by ROLLERSKATING around his garden
on a wheeled zimmer frame - at the age of 89. John
Wilcock has pledged to complete 90 laps of his
courtyard in Warwick by doing two circuits a week for
the next nine months until his 90th birthday. The
retired university lecturer will have travelled an
impressive 3.5 miles on his skates by the time he
finishes his challenge in January next year. John
kicked off his fundraiser on March 9 with the help of
his wife Jeanne's roller frame with plans to raise
£500 for the charity FareShare. But he smashed his
initial target within a matter of days and his current
total already stands at almost £6,000. John admitted
he got off to a wobbly start after dusting off his
roller skates so he borrowed his 85-year-old wife's
wheeled zimmer frame to help him along the way. The
former RAF police officer says he has since been left
"gobsmacked and heartened" by the response from people
backing his charity challenge. The
great-grandfather-of-one said: "I bought the skates
just at the end of the first lockdown as we weren't
doing anything and I was a bit unfit. "I was looking
for some way to do some exercise and saw this kid
skating with his father in the park. "I used to roller
skate when I was young and thought what a great way to
get back into fitness. "When I was in the RAF in
Norfolk there was a skating rink nearby and we used to
go there when we were allowed off camp on a Saturday
evening. "But when I put them on again I realised I
was 90, not 19 - I fell over flat on my back. "That
was the end of the skates and I set them aside and
thought I'd give them to my son but he didn't want
them so sooner or later I was going to put them on
eBay. "Then along came Marcus Rashford the footballer
with his campaign about hungry children and when I was
a kid we were a poor family and relied on free school
meals. "I understood what he was doing as there were a
lot of people that had been put out of work after what
the pandemic had done. "The pandemic has brought it to
light and I thought what a great campaign, I
sympathised with it all. "Then along came Sir Tom with
his challenge for the NHS and I thought I bet if I
take my wife's roller I can do that on skates. "I
tried it and it worked. I obviously can't skate
without it but I can do it quite well with it. "Sir
Tom did 100 laps for his birthday so if I do 90 for
mine I thought I might be able to get a few pounds
together for FareShare. "I started off with just
relatives and friends so I set £500 as a target and
thought with a bit of luck by Christmas I might get up
to £1,000. "I had been skating in my courtyard but
have also decided to go to my local park as the paths
in there are nice and smooth. "There I met a lady and
she was taken by what I was doing. She was some kind
of wizard on social media and took a picture and put
it on Facebook and it just went a bit mad. "I was
close to £500 and I'm now nearly at £6,000 and it shot
up about £5,500 in only three days." John, who was
called up for national service in 1950 to serve in the
Royal Air Force spent three years as a policeman in
West Germany. After returning three-years later he had
plans of becoming a police officer but instead decided
to become a psychology university lecturer after
re-training. The dad-of-three and a
grandfather-of-five says he has the full support of
his family even with his daughters living thousands of
miles away. He added: "Most of my family live in
Australia so they can't really help as they aren't
close enough. I'm sort of a one-man band with it all.
"But I have got quite a bit of local support now with
the help of three ladies in particular who are posting
stuff around on social media. "Thank you to all the
people who have donated and to the people who gave me
a cheer when I was in the park. "It was just really
heartening and empowering and it gave me a real spur.
"In the courtyard, no one sees me so it is great to
get out and get exercise and give people the
opportunity to see what I am trying to do. "My wife
thinks she is going to have to start charging me for
her roller. "But I just feel quite privileged when
people donate and they make comments - it's very
empowering. "It's not about me I'm just a kind of
instrument really the heroes are the donors themselves
and the charity. "I'm just like an orchestra conductor
really and waving my arms around, I just feel very
privileged in a lot of ways to be able to do it. "I'm
not important, what's important is stressing what I am
doing it all for and the charity I'm raising money
for. "I will be going until January so look out for
me. "People keep saying I am Warwick's Captain Sir
Thomas Moore. He was a great inspiration to me but
that is as far as it goes as we are opposites in many
ways. "I was in the RAF and he was in the army and I
am from Lancashire and he was from Yorkshire!" John is
raising money for FareShare, a charity that helps
children and families by redistributing food that
would otherwise go to waste. It is a cause close to
his heart having been brought up in a working class
mining community in south Lancashire as the eldest of
seven children. To donate visit:
The RAF Police Digital Forensics Team has recently undergone an
advanced technical equipment and infrastructure upgrade. To
process security and criminal evidence, this system has the
ability to image and verify data faster, run resource hungry
forensic software during the processing phase and significantly
reduce lag when analysing data. This new infrastructure ensures
the Digital Forensics Team can continue to deliver for the next
generation Royal Air Force.
The Royal Air Force is investigating an "offensive video" in
which troops reportedly appeared to sexually assault an airman
in an initiation ritual.
A spokeswoman for the force said the RAF Police Special
Investigation Branch is looking into the incident after the
footage was obtained by the Daily Mail.
The newspaper said the video showed a naked airman being held
down by drunken troops before they allegedly assaulted him.
An RAF spokeswoman said: "We have been made aware of an
offensive video involving Royal Air Force personnel.
"The RAF Police Special Investigation Branch is now
investigating the incident shown in the video.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further while
investigations are ongoing."
The RAF said it does not tolerate bullying or initiation
ceremonies, and that anyone not maintaining such standards would
be investigated with appropriate disciplinary action taken.
The unit, named as
"Support Weapons Flight" by Ben Wallace, has been "disbanded
with immediate effect".
Mr Wallace told the
House of Commons: "We were all appalled by the reporting
we saw of the incident involving members of the RAF Regiment
at the weekend.
"The RAF Police are
investigating the incident and the victims have been offered
our full support.
"The Chief of the
Air Staff and I had a discussion about the incident over the
weekend and he has, with my support, acted quickly.
With the introduction of
the new RAF Police Op Model the newly embedded No. 5 RAFP
(ISTAR) Sqn will operate 24/7/365 to secure ISTAR
information, assets & personnel, through the utilisation
of Protective Security, Counter Intelligence, Military
Working Dog and Law Enforcement
Cpl Joe Willis from RAF Halton has been deployed on Op
RESCRIPT to help support NHS hospitals. Currently at
Eastbourne DGH helping to discharge patients to free up beds
to allow new cases to be treated sooner His team are updating
patient details ensuring all actions are completed to allow
them to be discharged quickly and effectively; all whilst
catering to the individual needs of each patient and providing
them with the highest quality of care.
RAF Provost Officer Flight Lieutenant John Barrowcliff has
received a Chief of the Air Staff’s Astra Innovation Fellowship.
John, who is the project lead for digitalising RAF Police
processes using technology to become more efficient in the way
we police, has said:
With the ever-increasing demands placed on finance and
resources, it is so important to take opportunities to look at
how we can effectively utilise technology to streamline our
processes and alleviate some of the pressure. As a police
force, we recognise that being involved in an investigation can
be extremely emotionally taxing for our people and so it is
always important to look at how we can efficiently conduct
investigations, while reducing the burden of involvement as much
as we can, so that we can return our personnel’s focuses to
their primary roles. I’m looking forward to exploring how
best to use innovation to accomplish our digitalisation goals.
The digitalising of police processes is incorporated within the
new RAF Police operating model. The digitalisation includes
making it easier to report crime in the first instance, making
information more accessible to our officers when and where they
need it, and taking advantage of opportunities in big data
analytics so that we can better forecast where we think crime
Astra is the RAF campaign to build the Next Generation Air Force
(NGAF) by 2035,and applies equally to everyone who works in or
alongside the RAF, delivering air and space power to protect our
nation. ASTRA Fellowships are RAF-sponsored post-graduate
fellowship that are aimed at generating focussed research papers
on an air power-related topic and developing the intellectual
capital of the RAF.
RAF Police Special Investigations
Branch, part of Number 1 Specialist Police Wing, is an
integral part of the refocussing of RAF Law Enforcement under
the new RAFP Operating Model.
They deliver an investigative and analytical mindset, sharply
focussed on protecting the RAF from the risk of harm and
ensuring availability of Air and Space Power. SPW will
digitise investigative processes and ways of working,
improving productivity across the Force, making more efficient
use of administrative processes rather than resource-intensive
investigations where appropriate. Continuing to build on our
model of intelligence-led policing and investigative
capability, maintaining close liaison with civilian policing
authorities and other MoD and Service Police agencies.
Our status as a Service Police organisation, which opens doors
to partners that would otherwise be shut and provides vital
access to information and intelligence that enables us to
support Air and Space Power around the world.
Puppy breeder turns sleuth to
find 70 stolen dogs
DOG breeder found 70 stolen dogs after tracking down the
criminals who stole his puppies.
Cronin, QPD, a pet breeder who lives in west Wales,
decided to start an investigation of his own after five of
his spaniels and two litters of puppies vanished.
a tip-off about a potential location, Mr Cronin arrived at a
site in Carmarthenshire, where he discovered his own dogs
among 70 pets, some of which were caged.
people were arrested by police at the location, from which
22 dogs have since been returned to their owners, while a
further 46 remain in kennels.
of the people arrested have since been released on bail.
was really well hidden, which is why they use it, and as we
were going up the track, a huge group of dogs came up to
greet us,” Mr Cronin said.
were Westies, Labradors, pugs – everything running at us
[and] barking like mad. Right in the middle was one of my
own dogs, running towards me.
was quite timid and then she saw me and she ran towards me
and leapt into my arms and that was that.”
Robyn Mason, of Dyfed Powys Police, said that dog theft had
“certainly increased” during the coronavirus pandemic.
RSPCA is among the groups to have expressed its concern
about rising dog thefts, as the demand for different breeds
has skyrocketed during lockdown.
average asking prices for puppies more than doubled between
March and September 2020, according to figures taken from
the Pets4Homes website, while DogLost, a missing pets
website, reported a 170 per cent increase in stolen dogs
made the situation worse by posing as animal welfare
officers, the RSPCA has warned in an appeal to the public.
one of our officers knocks on your door, please ask to see
their ID and check their uniform for branding,” a spokesman
for the charity said.
staff wear navy blue uniforms with the RSPCA logo, as well
as white shirts with a black or blue tie and black
I will probably have to go around and make sure all the
reports are correct, I am of course not a pet breeder, we
only breed for demand from Police and Prison services, the
five adults were our trained detection dogs, 2 drug dogs,
one Digital search dog, (phones/sim cards etc), 2 Cash &
Tobacco search dogs.. The pups were sired by my Fox red Lab
that is a drug dog..trained to scan people. The pups were a
litter of sprockerdors and a litter of springadors, out of
the 17 pups 9 are destined for Police/Prison. In just 11
minutes my business was destroyed,, luckily a bit of old
fashioned detective work and a big bit of luck led me to my
dogs, just before they were to be moved to another site,
where unspeakable things were going to be done to them,
firstly their chips would have been cut out with scissors,
then they would have been injected with stolen drugs to get
them to come into season immediately, I wont rest till i
find the criminal element.
The 16 February 1944 saw a RAF Short
Stirling Bomber from 199 Sqn crash, an hour from where I live,
after delivering arms to the local Resistance. All 7 crew were
killed ( see photo of crew below). Each year the local
villagers gather, on the anniversary, to pay their respects to
these young airmen supported by a small number of RAFA members
such as myself. This morning we were joined by a serving Wg
Cdr from Bordeaux who is a Liaison Officer. He and I laid
wreaths and I read out a message to the villagers from the
family of the Pilot, Pilot Officer Robinson RAAF. This was
well received and awarded with a round of applause. Sadly this
year there were fewer people in attendance due to Covid19, but
still 30 or so attended. Lest We Forget - We Will Remember
RAF Police Counter Intelligence &
Security Squadron, part of Number 1 Specialist Police Wing,
are expanding their capabilities under the new RAF Police
Our newly formed Counter-Intelligence teams will align with
specific Air and Space capabilities and operate as
multi-domain threat hunters wherever the RAF operates.
Harnessing information, fusing data and achieving advantage
over our adversaries and competitors.
We will establish an Insider Threats Team to focus on the
threat of adversary exploitation across the RAF Whole Force
and we will increase our collaboration with allies and
partners, with whom we increasingly expect to operate
alongside in the next decade.
Our existing Security Consultancy Flight will be significantly
upgraded to enable the secure execution of Defence Tasks and
AIR’s priorities through the provision of security assurance,
operational resilience and specialist security advice.
Overall, an efficient, effective and economic
Counter-Intelligence, Protective Security and Investigative
capability that within one team delivers the equivalent of
many organisations across Defence.
Cpl Ranson is currently receiving support at
the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. The RAF Police
Welfare Fund kindly sent him some #LEGO to help support
the rehabilitation of his fine motor skills & also remind
him the RAF Police continue to support him during his
The RAF Police conduct many operations
both in the UK and overseas as part of the wider FP Force
protecting the RAF 24/7/365 wherever it operates, home or
Overseas operation can see the RAF Police delivering force
protection duties in order to protect and secure critical
assets in the event of aircraft diversion. Such operations
require high-calibre, well trained and disciplined personnel
to ensure delivery of effect. The RAF Police utilise several
specialist roles to accomplish these tasks, including Law
Enforcement, Military Working Dogs, Counter Intelligence and
Aviation Security teams, often working alongside the RAF
Regiment, Home office Police Forces and other Government
Congratulations to Cpl Paddy Flint from RAF
Leeming Police Flight who has recently completed a virtual
Land’s End to John O’Groats charity ride for the
RAF Benevolent Fund
Paddy has been dealing with an uncommon condition called
Non-Epileptic Seizure Disorder for a number of years, which
causes blackouts, headaches, dizziness and problems with
short-term memory. Amongst other things this meant that he had
to surrender his driving license back in 2013. After numerous
knock backs he gained assistance from SSAFA, the Armed Forces
charity and The RAF Benevolent Fund, and received funding for
a recumbent trike from ICE Trikes. Paddy immediately signed up
and completed numerous challenges to support the charities
that had given him his newfound freedom.
However, due to his illness and the recent lockdown, Paddy
found himself recently struggling with his mental health. He
was encouraged by his wife Mhairi to challenge himself, so
decided that he would try to beat his depression any way he
could and help others in the process. During his challenge he
did regular ‘live feeds’, where people could turn up and ask
questions or show support. Discussing mental health,
difficulties of lockdown, fitness and nutrition and all sorts
of other subjects. With friends and colleagues setting various
other challenges which included dressing up in various
costumes including an inflatable T-Rex.
Paddy covered a grand total of 1024.8 miles over 28 rides,
only taking rest days at Christmas and New Year, Raising
staggering total of £3410 (with £698.25 in Gift Aid to be
added to that too)
Paddy says “I was blown away by the generosity, camaraderie
and understanding of my struggle with depression and mental
health. The massive support shown by everyone really raised my
morale and made me push through. There were all kinds of weird
and wonderful injuries throughout and my legs still haven’t
fully recovered, but for a ‘fat lad’ I don’t think I did too
this week we asked you which branch of the Royal
Air Force was nicknamed ‘Snowdrops’ and the
answer was, of course, the RAF Police.
nickname comes from their white hats and, if you look
closely, you’ll see the flowers engraved on the edges of
the Royal Air Force Police Memorial at the Arboretum
Air Force Police has supported worldwide RAF operations
since 1918. Total officers peaked in 1945, when the branch
comprised 20,500 personnel. The RAF Police Special
Investigation Branch identified the 72 Nazis who executed
50 recaptured RAF officers who had taken part in the Great
Throughout the 30 year ‘Cold
War’ the branch provided security protection for the RAF’s
nuclear deterrent. More recently, the RAF Police
specialises in aviation security, counter intelligence,
protective security, law enforcement, and information and
hasn’t stopped RAF Police WO Lee Close dropping into the
Police section at RAF Honington for a COVID compliant catch
up. Making #TimeToTalk is essential to supporting the mental
health and wellbeing of our people.
Richard Wood (60) has been fined £3,400 by
Caernarfon Magistrates for landing at RAF Valley in Anglesey
last year during the Coronavirus lockdown.
He landed on Runway 19 at RAF Valley despite no
permission to do so and work was being carried out on the
The landing set off an emergency at the RAF base as
it was assumed Wood had landed there as an emergency but it
emerged that he had simply read about the airfield on
Wikipedia and that it said it handled civilian aircraft as
well as military.
Anglesey Airport is set within RAF Valley however
that is solely for the use of the inter-wales PSO flight from
After he landed the aircraft was searched by RAF
Police and Wood was told he could not depart until the base
reopened the following day. But again Wood ignored officials
and said he was departing anyway and it was judged in the
interest of safety to not block the aircraft in.
Wood did not attend the hearing but the court was
told that he had originally planned to fly to Yorkshire to
visit his mother but was told he was “busy” and that is why he
changed his plans to head for a day trip to a beach.
Miss Dudley-Jones, representing the Civil Aviation
Authority told the court that Airfield Fire Officer Keith
Roberts had approached the aircraft after landing and
instructed Woods to shut down and exit the aircraft.
Mr Roberts asked the defendant why he landed there
and Woods replied“I wanted to see the
beach”and when asked about
Coronvirus restrictions he said,“It’s
okay I had Covid-19 two months ago.”
She told the court:“Mr
Roberts described his attitude as initially flippant and
arrogant but it changed when he realised the seriousness of
He admitted illegally landing and taking off from
the base and in a letter to the court he said he undertaken“many
hours of training and flight testing since this day and now
have my full UK licence.”
Wood previously flew his N-registered aircraft on a
US issued licence.
The court heard that the millionaire from Chelsea,
West London had an income of £375,000 per year. They fined him
£3,400 and also ordered him to pay £750 costs and a £190
victim surcharge which he must pay in full in 28 days.
RAF Valley is home to the Royal Air Force (RAF) No4
Flight Training School which carries out advanced fast jet
training using Beechcraft Texan II and BAe Hawk T2s and also
No1 Flying Training School which uses theAirbusJupiter
HT1 for maritime and mountain helicopter training for the RAF
and Royal Navy.
It is also the headquarters of the Royal Air Force
Mountain Rescue service.
Flight would not be without it’s furry mascots! This is
Luna, a 1 and a half year old chihuahua who belongs to Flt
Cdr ASF, Fg Off Adams. Luna absolutely loves all the
attention she gets on ASF and coming in to see her other dog
Kavanar Hibberd has been employed on the Aviation Security Flt
at RAF Brize Norton for around 2 years now. He’s been deployed
on some amazing tasks to places such as America with the
Spanish Air Force, where he used his bilingual language
talents to translate for the Spanish crew! Downroute, he is an
experienced Team Leader whose job is to coordinate and provide
Aviation Security Support to Air Mobility Force operations.
One of the AC he protects downroute is the A400M Atlaspictured here.
It has a 340 cubic metre hold which can carry a NH-90 Transport Helicopter, a CH-47 Chinook or a container lorry/2x infantry vehicles. In emergencies it has room
for 125 stretchers plus an Intensive Care Unit. It can hold 116 soldiers or fully equipped paratroopers. Did you know the A400M Atlas can hold 7 tonnes of
freight? This is equivalent to around 5 elephants!
Aviation Security Flight based at RAF Brize Norton provide aviation security support for global Air Mobility Force operations. All our RAF Police personnel travel in a COVID secure manner, therefore there is a lot of preparation that goes on behind the scenes before deploying. Team Leaders like Cpl Bates (pictured) have to ensure that they’re fully cognisant of what’s happening and at what times during the task. This means they have to liaise with Flight Planners, the Brize Norton Air Terminal, Aircraft Captains and Movements personnel in order to get a good idea of what they need to do and when. Additionally, they have to communicate and educate their team to make sure the task runs smoothly. All of this planning then gets checked by their Sergeant before they deploy. When on task, all this prior planning makes life a lot easier and means the necessary security is provided to deliver the task.
There are now 11 confirmed
Covid-19 vaccination hubs across Nottinghamshire as the
NHS rollout of jabs continues.
The latest local vaccination
service opened on Saturday, January 16, at Newark
Showground as part of the roll-out of the Covid-19
national vaccination programme.
Among the first to receive a
vaccination at the new site were ex-veterans Tony
Parker, aged 81, and his wife Beryl Parker, aged 82, who
both live in Newark.
Having met each other in
Singapore while serving for the RAF, the Parkers have
been married for more than 60 years and have spent the
majority of the pandemic shielding together.
Mr Parker said: “We are
pleased to be receiving the vaccination and are looking
forward to being able to see our family safely again,
spending time with them is what it’s all about.”
Commissioning Group is asking for residents to wait
until they have received a letter before contacting the
NHS, their GP or local hospital.
No 1 (Specialist) Police Wing recently established a
liaison officer with its opposite number in the United
States; the Department of the Air Force, Office of
organisations exist to protect critical technologies
and information, detect and mitigate threats, provide
global specialised police and security capability,
conduct serious and complex criminal investigations,
and counter foreign adversaries and threats.
vital post will enable the timely and effective
sharing of intelligence, co-ordinated responses to
protect joint interests and the development and
dissemination of specialist best practice.
has already been significant success across the
counterintelligence, space and cyber domains and is
only the beginning of a highly effective and mutually
beneficial future relationship.
Sergeant Penny Jordan has been awarded a CAS Commendation in
the New Years Honours 2021. Awarded for her dedication,
forward thinking, passion and hard workthat she has shown
during the last decade on SIB
from RAF Brize Norton were providing aviation security when
the Royal Air Force delivered nearly 6,000 life-saving
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to RAF Gibralter on behalf of
RAF Police Sgt Dave
Taylor is a volunteer with the @LEBBSBloodBikes.
Since the pandemic began they have delivered COVID-19 test
samples and recently they were collecting breast milk from
a self isolating mum to her baby in a hospital Neonatal
Best wishes to Warrant
Office Bob Byrne MBE as he finally retires after 40 yrs
service in the RAF Police. During his service he has been
all over the world. Thank you to RAF_Valley for giving Bob
the send off he deserves
Bolton-le-Sands couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
Ken and Eileen Kidd - who ran shops in the Lancaster and
Morecambe area during the '70s and '80s - celebrated 60 years of
marriage on December 27.
Eileen and Ken Kidd celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
on December 27.
The couple, who have lived in Bolton-le-Sands for 35 years, met
at a dance on Central Pier in Morecambe, and were married on
December 27, 1960, at Cross Hill Congregational Church in
Ken, 85, joined the RAF police in 1954 as part of his two year
National Service, then went on to become a police officer
serving Morecambe in 1956, later joining Cumberland and
Eileen, 84, trained as a nurse at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
Ken and Eileen Kidd on their wedding day.
Later they both took over Slyne Newsagents and ran the shop
between 1969 – 1975, before running the Battery Post Office in
Heysham for 10 years between 1976 and 1986.
Ken then worked as a driver and Eileen worked as sub post
mistress at the Moor hospital.
The couple have three children - Kenneth (Kennie), Joanne, and
Jonathan - six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
They have been living in Rydal Road in Bolton-Le-Sands for 35
years and are enjoying their retirement.
The RAF Police Section at RAF Honington in conjunction with the
RAF Force Protection Centre have conducted enhanced Security
patrols within RAF Honington
and RAF Barnham. Throughout the Christmas and
NewYear period Security will be supported by use of the FP and
Number 7 RAF Police and Security Squadron who are the winners
of the 2020 De Putron Trophy.
Number 7 RAF Police
and Security Squadron provides policing and security for the
south of the UK, units include RAF Benson, Brize Norton,
Northolt, Odiham and St Mawgan. Their entry demonstrated the
demanding year the Sqn has had and how it continuously
protected and secured the RAF and its assets 24/7/365.
Group Captain David Wilkinson said:
to No. 7 RAFP Sqn for an outstanding submission. The
competition has highlighted the incredibly diverse work that
the RAF Police undertake and the pride with which it is
undertaken. During this challenging period, you have
continued to deliver in all areas of security and law
enforcement, protecting the RAF from the full spectrum of
threats we face.
The De Putron Trophy
is awarded annually to the regular or reserve RAF Police
formation that has shown the greatest achievement, leadership,
exceptional standards and endeavours, and is awarded following
the assessment of a submission by the RAF Police Sqns.
The De Putron trophy
was commissioned in 1948 by the former Provost Marshal, Air
Commodore D De Putron CB, CBE, RAF.
RAF Leeming corporal to undertake 876-mile
A corporal based
at RAF Leeming is undertaking an 876-mile virtual ride
covering the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John
O’Groats in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s
leading welfare charity.
Cpl Paddy Flint, 43, is a member of the RAF Police and has
served in the Royal Air Force for more than 20 years.
In 2015, Paddy was
diagnosed with Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder, a condition
that causes him to blackout.
Paddy was previously a dog handler/trainer, instructor, and
coach/mentor, and while the diagnosis radically affected his
career he has successfully fought to stay in the RAF.
He was also forced
to surrender his driving license in 2013 which has since
affected his career path. However, earlier this year Paddy
was awarded a grant for a recumbent trike by the RAF
Benevolent Fund. Paddy said: “The RAF Benevolent Fund has been
instrumental in giving me my life back.
trike they funded has given me not only fresh impetus to get
out and about, but it has also become a primary mode of
transport since I surrendered my driving licence.
“Through this challenge I hope I can show that anyone can do
this, because apart from my usual few miles I’ve done no
“I’m also aware
that the RAF Benevolent Fund won’t have had as many chances
to get out and ‘rattle the buckets’ this year, so any amount
I can raise will be vital in assisting service personnel and
The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, emotional, and
practical assistance to serving and retired RAF personnel
and their families. This includes grants to help with
financial difficulty, free memberships for Headspace,Airplay
youth clubs, and more.
Aaron Tillyer, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent
Fund, said: “I’m thrilled that we were able to support Paddy
earlier this year by providing a grant for his recumbent
trike, and it’s really inspiring to see that he’s decided to
set this challenge in order to give back to the Fund. This
support will allow us to continue supporting the RAF Family,
whenever they might need us.”
The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a range of welfare
initiatives to support personnel and their families through
the Covid-19 pandemic.
It introduced a
24-hour emotional support helpline, created an online mental
wellbeing zone, and began offering Headspace memberships to
RAF partners and spouses.
The fund has also
offered a £2,500 grant to each RAF station to provide
activity and wellbeing packs for RAF children and launched
Airplay Connect, an online version of its youth support
Sergeant Chris Ward joined the RAF Police Reserves 16
years ago because he felt it would offer him an
opportunity to specialise and travel the world. As you
will see from his story the RAF Reserves has certainly
lived up to his expectations.
date he has travelled throughout Europe, the Middle
East, Iceland, Canada, USA and Belize. His chosen
trade has proven flexible by fitting around his
lifestyle and is always delivering on those amazing
March Chris mobilised as part of OP RESCRIPT to work
alongside his regular RAF Police colleagues at RAF
Wittering, where, for 4 months he was in
charge of law enforcement and investigations. The
section was really busy, and he found myself involved in
changing security processes to align with government
guidance such as social distancing and training
personnel for a range of tasks in support of
July he took command of a Mobile Testing Unit, managing
a team of 12 military personnel travelling around East
Anglia to Covid testing hotspots. He also trained up
teams of civilian contractors to took over the role at
the end of the summer.
has returned to his civilian role now as an Actuary but
feels incredibly proud to have done his ‘bit’ in the
fight against the pandemic. He feels blessed to have the
support of his family especially as his partner is a
Teacher and he is very grateful to his employer for
allowing him to mobilise at such short notice.
Congratulations to Cpl
Mick Shave from RAFP Protective Security Section at