The Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show is authorised by the Air Force Board Standing Committee and all net proceeds are distributed to charity. The majority of the money goes to service charities and to local charities supported by Royal Air Force Cosford. As well as distributing the proceeds of the event the Cosford Air Show also offers selected registered charities the opportunity to come to the show at no charge to fundraise and to help raise awareness of their work. Service charities include the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (Charity No: 1081009), the Royal Air Forces Association (Charity No: 226686) and the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (Charity No: 201848).
Royal Air Force Charitable Trust
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT) is the youngest member of the RAF family of charities and exists to promote the Royal Air Force, to support its people now and into the future, and to encourage air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of youth. This is achieved, primarily, through the staging of the Royal International Air Tattoo, as well as through other fund raising events such as the RAF Cosford Airshow. The Trustees then award grants to those people and projects that they assess to be most worthy of financial support and closely aligned to the charity’s objectives.
Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) is a membership organisation of serving and former members of the Royal Air Force, their families and dependants and all those supporting the aims of the Association. It is the largest single-service membership organisation in the United Kingdom and has roughly 74,000 members and 500 Branches in the UK, Europe and further afield. The Association provides help and advice, assistance, comradeship and, where required, welfare and care for the whole RAF family.
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent (RAFBF) Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family. We are here to help serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us.
We help members of the RAF family deal with a wide range of issues: from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement.