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Where the Money Goes

Since the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust was first established in 2005, it has been gifted over £5million by its trading company, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. Trustees have approved grants totalling nearly £5 million to a wide range of initiatives and projects.

Beneficiaries of RAFCT 2018-19 grants include:

Adventurous Training

RAF Air Cadets

2158 (Sevenoaks) Sqn RAFAC

Mountaineering, Italy

Thames Valley Wing RAFAC

Canoeing, France £1,625
West Mercian & Staffordshire Wing RAFAC

Trekking, Nepal £5,921
Wales & West Region RAFAC

Trekking, Namibia £3,500
London Wing RAFAC

Trekking, Namibia £5,000
Joint London Sqns RAFAC

Multi-activity, Cumbria £2,625
291 (Westminster and Chelsea) Sqn RAFAC

Multi-activity, Cornwall £963
218 (Rotherham) Sqn RAFAC

Multi-activity, Isle of Wight £1,174
NACATC Windermere

Mountaineering, France £250
359 (Bexleyheath) Sqn RAFAC

Trekking, Malawi £2,400
Sutton Valence CCF

Trekking, Brunei £1,511

Sailing, Scotland £2,200
2480 (Holywell) Sqn RAFAC Trekking, Iceland £5,417

University Air Squadrons - Paul Bowen Award

Winners East of Scotland UAS

Ex Monogolian Endurance


Joint Second Cambridge UAS

Ex Jordan Trail


Joint Second Northumbrian UAS

Ex Icelandic Traverse



Worthy Down

Trekking, Nepal


RAF Mountaineering

Ex Himalayan Venture (HV18)


RAF Support

RAF Cosford

Air Show Families Enclosure


RAF Boulmer

Families Day


RAF Digby

Families Day


RAF Waddington

Families Day


RAF Benson

Families Day


RAF High Wycombe

Families Day


RAF Flyingdales

Families Day


RAF Akrotiri

Families Day


RAF Shawbury

Families Day


RAF Cranwell

Families Day


DFTDC Manston

Families Day


RAF Odiham

Families Day



Photo Equipment


Troodos, Cyprus

Gym Equipment


Troodos, Cyprus

Cinema Sound System


RAF Marham

92 EAS Social Area Improvements


RAF St Mawgan

505 sqn RAuxAF Outdoor Furniture


RAF Marham

Lightning Trainees Crew Room


RAF Leeming

5 Sqn 90SU Pool Table


RAF Woodvale

AEF Accommodation refurb


RAF ACES Ice Hockey Team

Competition USA


RAF Sport Federation

Coaching Scheme


RAF Rugby Union

Tour, Canada


Ayios Nikolaos, Cyprus

Climbing Mats


RAF Lossiemouth

Ski Expedition, France


RAF Surfing



RAF Cosford

UK Challenge Competition


RAF Ski Team

Training Camp, Chile


RAF Squash

Tour, USA


RAF Water Polo

Tour, Croatia


RAF Netball

Tour, Australia


RAF Cosford

Field Gun Team Sponsorship


RAF Snowboarding

Training Camp Lift Passes


RAF Brize Norton

Astra Bowl Improvements


RAF Benson 

Rugby Cold Weather Kit


RAF Lossiemouth

6 Sqn Team Building, Spain



Yes - Youth Aviation

Pedal Plane Project


Royal International Air Tattoo

Junior Engineering Challenge


Primary Engineer

Scottish Engineering Masterclass


Smallpeice Trust

Year 9 Girls into Engineering Course



Air Researcher Badge


RAF Youth and STEM Team

Varied Educational Outreach Kit


Smallpeice Trust 

10 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships


Royal Air Force Air Cadets

National Aerospace Camp


Flying and Flying Training

Flying for Freedom



Flying Scholarships for Disabled People



RAF Air Cadets

Sir Michael Knight Scholarships


RAF Air Cadets

Flying Excellence Award


RAF Air Cadets

Flying Excellence Award


RAF Flying Clubs

Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme 2019


RAF Flying Clubs

JRPSS 2018 Top-up Scheme


RAF Air Cadets

C&E Region RAF100 Camp


Queen Mary's Grammar School CCF

Flight Simulator


General RAFAC Support

Royal International Air Tattoo Camp

Cadet of the Camp Squadron Prize


Royal International Air Tattoo Camp

Cadet of the Camp RIAT- Cadet Prize


Head Quarters Air Cadets

Magazine Sponsorship 


Durham and Northumberland Wing

Wing Activity Centre


Head Quarters Air Cadets 

Air Rifle Ranges


Head Quarters Air Cadets

Regional Leadership Equipment


862 (Sunbury) Sqn

Bouldering Leadership Equipment


241 (Wanstead and Woodford) Sqn



2229 (Loughborough) Sqn RAFAC

IT Equipment


2517 (Buxton) Sqn RAFAC

IT and STEM Equipment


413 (Aldershot) Sqn RAFAC

Leadership Kit


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Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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