Posted on 13th July 2018

As the Royal Air Force celebrates its 100th anniversary, the need to support our servicemen and women becomes even more apparent.

This week the skies over the South East of England were filled with an amazing sight as almost 100 planes took part in a centenary flypast. Crowds gathered at Buckingham Palace to watch the display, which included the iconic Spitfire, and people in the flight path from East Anglia also had the chance to enjoy the spectacle.

There was sad news for the RAF a few days later though, when it was announced that one of the last surviving Battle of Britain aces had passed away, just before his 98th birthday. What an extraordinary contribution Wing Commander Tom ‘Ginger’ Neil had made to this country.

It was also revealed that seven people are medically discharged from the Armed Forces every single day, which makes the work of charities like Help for Heroes even more vital. That’s 49 more people every week who need to receive richly-deserved support.

We were honoured to play our part by volunteering in the Transport for London Collection Day for Help for Heroes last month. If you want to do your bit to help our veterans, visit the Help for Heroes website www.helpforheroes.org.uk to find out about volunteering and fundraising opportunities.

Because we value the dedication of our Armed Forces, we work extensively with serving members to ensure that they also get all the support to which they’re entitled. Expenses like travelling to different bases in your own vehicle or on public transport could qualify for a tax refund. So, if you’re a serving member of the Armed Forces, why not get in touch and see if you could be in line for tax relief?