The RAF Benevolent Fund has awarded a grant of £13,000 to Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS). The grant will help DMWS provide tailored support for individuals, whether it be a life-threatening injury sustained by a soldier, or a housing crisis for a military veteran, PTSD diagnosis for an NHS hospital worker, a police officer returning to work after a traumatic incident.

DMWS provide person-centred, choice-based support to members of the Armed Forces Community (serving, reservists, veterans) and their family members/carers whilst they are on a healthcare pathway. Our fantastic welfare staff combine their expertise, qualifications, and compassionate nature to provide award-winning support to people with a range of non-clinical issues. These social, environmental, and economic challenges, otherwise known as the wider determinants of health, can have profound impact on health and wellbeing when not properly addressed. By taking time to address these challenges and put support in place, our service has a range of positive outcomes, such as reduced social isolation and loneliness, reduced rates of unnecessary readmission, and increased independence.

Peter Ashcroft, Head of Community Welfare Programmes, said: “Partnership working is an essential part of the Fund’s support to the RAF Family, allowing us to get the expert help to the people who need it. The support DMWS undertakes is vital, even more so following a challenging two years due to the pandemic.”

Paul Gaffney, CEO of the Defence Medical Welfare Service, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded further funding from The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The funding will help support veterans with a wide number of issues and concerns and help us to both reduce social isolation and provide support with independent living. The Fund have been long-time supporters of DMWS, and their ongoing commitment and support will allow us to continue to improve the delivery of our service and reach more veterans in need of our help.”

RAF Benevolent Fund: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity. We exist to support current and former members of the RAF, their partners and dependants, whenever they need us. In 2020, we spent £26M supporting more than 63,700 members of the RAF Family.

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Defence Medical Welfare Service Details:

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (known as DMWS) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1087210) and in Scotland (SC045460) 

Registered Office: The Old Stables, Redenham Park, Andover, SP11 9AQ  
Phone: 01264 774 000 | Email:

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Published: 14th June, 2022
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