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

Grants Administrator

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

Chloe Gorton

Office Assistant

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Atlantic Flyers Challenge

Latest Events

Atlantic Flyers Challenge

An inter-Station virtual challenge to race against the RAF’s Atlantic Flyers as they compete in this year’s Talisker Challenge across the Atlantic.

12th November 2021

Supporting RAF medical personnel through bespoke on demand yoga classes

Latest News

Supporting RAF medical personnel through bespoke on demand yoga classes

The RAF Central Fund has launched a new initiative to support serving medical personnel through the provision of bespoke online yoga classes on the digital workout platform FitSwarm.

2nd November 2021

Bowled over to support RAF cricket in Italy

Latest News

Bowled over to support RAF cricket in Italy

Earlier this year, the RAF Central Fund was able to support RAF NATO personnel serving at the DACCC in Poggio Renatico,...

25th October 2021

RAF Leeming takes the win in the RAF Around the World in 80 Days Challenge

Latest News

RAF Leeming takes the win in the RAF Around the World in 80 Days Challenge

With more than 400 participants, we are delighted that the challenge was so well received, raising a total of £6,350.

1st October 2021

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