About Us

Find out more about our charity vision and mission
and about the history of the Fund

Our Vision

For serving RAF personnel to develop their full potential through sport and physical activities.

Our Mission

To enable serving RAF personnel to access sporting opportunities and physical activities.

Who We Are

We are an independent charity that supports serving RAF personnel through grant funding to enable them to take part in sports and physical activities at all levels.

We want everyone in the RAF regardless of their role, rank, physical ability or competing level to have access to sports facilities, equipment, and training through our support we help to safeguard their health and wellbeing.

Our Team

Ross Perriam

Chief Executive Officer

Niki Graske

Chief Operating Officer

Claire Bunten

Grants and Donor
Engagement Officer

Emma Feeney

Grants Assistant

Zoe Williamson

Marketing &
Communications Manager

Louise Bargus

Marketing &
Communications Coordinator

Angelique Lyon

Finance Manager

Fiona Curzon

Finance Administrator

Karen Hansford

Operations Manager

Lisa Hapgood

Operations Assistant

Nicola Slator

Office Administrator

Diane Brown

Feshiebridge Coordinator

Our History

1919 - 1922

Formation of the Air Council Central Fund to collate from disbanded RAF units monies donated to support the welfare of others in RAF service by both commissioned and Non-commissioned RAF personnel

1922 - 1937

The continued input and amalgamation of non-public welfare funds to improve the amenities of service life for the benefit of serving personnel

1937

Fund renamed ‘RAF Central Reserve Fund’ and the objectives of the Fund widened to allow for the provision of support towards the formation of Messes and Service Institutes at new RAF Units

1943

Fund registered under its current name as the ‘RAF Central Fund’

1993

RAF Sports Lottery established by the charity to generate additional funding to supplement income generated from invested monies

2007

The Mechanics Fund amalgamated into the Fund with the objectives of providing enrichment funding to support RAF trainees

2014

Fund incorporated with charitable constitution which reconfirms its original charitable purpose of providing enduring support to our serving personnel

2018

The Fund continues to work with our RAF colleagues to identify and respond to the evolving needs of our beneficiaries

Opportunities and Determination – Saul’s Story

Latest Faces of The Fund

Opportunities and Determination – Saul’s Story

Having been in the RAF for 36 years in a variety of different roles at various Stations, Warrant Officer Saul Vine’s career has been full of opportunities. Whether they’ve been offered or sought out, Saul has always been determined to succeed through doing his best and making a difference. Here Saul explains how taking up a new sport a bit later in life doesn’t mean you have to stay at grass roots level and how he found himself representing the RAF in his fifties.

20th April 2022

New bikes for new squadron club

Latest News

New bikes for new squadron club

The RAF’s 78 Squadron at Swanwick have recently formed their very own cycle club thanks to a grant from the RAF Central Fund to purchase ten new Carrera road bikes.

6th April 2022

Building community spirit at Boulmer with two new sports clubs

Latest News

Building community spirit at Boulmer with two new sports clubs

Two of our Central Fund team recently headed to RAF Boulmer for the official opening of not one but two new sports clubs, both of which were seed funded by our station level grants programme.

25th March 2022

International Women’s Day – Jennie’s Story

Latest Faces of The Fund

International Women’s Day – Jennie’s Story

This International Women’s Day we are celebrating Chief Technician Jennie Anstey, who has been in the RAF for 20 years as an Avionics Technician.  Having served all over the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq, Jennie’s most recent deployment has been within the UK assisting with the vaccination effort. Jennie tells her story of organising ice hockey Learn to Play events to bring more people into her sport as well as being a proud team member of the only female military ice hockey team.

8th March 2022

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