2019 sees the centenary of The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF). It is the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to serving and former members of the RAF – regardless of rank – as well as their partners and dependents.
Lord Trenchard founded the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund in 1919, one year after the formation of the Royal Air Force. It was originally known as the Royal Air Force Memorial Fund as one of their charitable objects was to raise a memorial to airmen who died in the First World War. The Royal Air Force Memorial was completed in 1923 and the charity’s name changed to the Benevolent Fund in June 1933.
BFPS, in collaboration with the RAFBF, produced a commemorative cover to mark this historic occasion which was issued on the 23rd October 2019.
The image on the cover represents the cross section of people that the RAFBF supports. The unique BFPS 3224 special handstamp, with the Centenary logo silhouetted in the centre, was used to cancel the 1st class stamp “Hurricane MK 1”.
There is a standard unsigned version, a flown version and a numbered limited edition signed by Air Vice-Marshall The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE, Controller of the RAFBF.
Profits will be donated to the RAFBF.
These covers have an A4 information insert and are presented in a protective cellophane sleeve making a superb memento of the Fund’s centenary.
These covers can also be ordered by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, LEVEN, KY9 1AX. Down load the BFPS order form from the link.