Wrexham Leader Column

Before Parliament closed for summer recess, I had the opportunity to use a debate to raise awareness of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s excellent new campaign, ‘Join the Search. Change a Life’. 

The RAF Benevolent Fund was founded 100 years ago and to this day, provides support to current and former service personnel and their dependant family members. The Fund relies on public donations and is also supported by every serving member of the RAF who donates half a day’s pay a year. 

The ‘Join the Search. Change a Life’ campaign aims to find RAF veterans and their families who are unaware that life-changing support is available through the Fund.  

According to the RAF Benevolent Fund, there are currently 1.5 million people in what they describe as ‘the RAF Family’. Three-quarters of these are over 65. The Benevolent Fund estimates that up to 300,000 people could need support, with about 100,000 being in urgent need. Last year the Fund provided assistance for around 55,000 people and this year they aim to double this figure.

The charity helps with practical things such as financial assistance with day-to-day living ​costs; unemployment, retraining and resettlement support; disability adaptations around the home; mobility equipment; care costs; support for carers; wellbeing holiday breaks; help with funeral costs; benefits advice; housing and care advocacy; emotional health and wellbeing, and so much more.

Do you know someone who has served in the RAF who could benefit from this Fund? To find out more visit: https://www.rafbf.org/join-the-search-change-a-life  #JoinTheSearch #ChangeALife  or contact me for more details.

For me, parliamentary recesses are a great opportunity to meet with constituents and visit many local projects across the 240 square mile area that makes up the Clwyd South constituency.

 This recess I also spent a day at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was held in Llanrwst. As part of the day, I met with many different Welsh charities at a meeting of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. We had a good discussion about the Bill that I introduced to Parliament in March and also talked about many of the sorts of issues that affect local charities and community groups.

My staff team and I are as busy helping people in August as we are at any other time of year.

As ever, do feel free to get in touch if you need my help. You can contact me by email at [email protected] , by phone on 01978 824288 or by post at House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

You can also keep up-to-date with my work by following my Facebook page, Susan Elan Jones MP, or looking at my website, www.susanelanjones.co.uk

You can also follow me on twitter @susanelanjonesmp