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Council donates £12,000 to RAF Benevolent Fund

RAFBF Donation Metal Recycling

South Ayrshire Council has donated £12,000 to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF).

This donation was made possible thanks to the generosity of bereaved families who allow metal implants to be recovered and then recycled, following cremations at Masonhill Crematorium.

The Council is a member of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, which means that with the permission of the deceased person's family, any metals recovered can be recycled and the money used to support charities.

The RAF Benevolent Fund has been instrumental in supporting serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their families in need since its inception in 1919, providing lifelong practical, emotional and financial support. They are also our event charity partner for the upcoming International Ayr Show - Festival of Flight.

South Ayrshire Council's Provost, Iain Campbell said: "The RAF Benevolent Fund provide fundamental support to our RAF veterans and rely on donations to provide their services. I'm delighted that this donation will make a difference to their operations in South Ayrshire."  

Councillor Martin Kilbride, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Buildings, Housing and Environment said: "The generosity of the families is very much appreciated, and we are thankful that even during their time of grief, they have thought about others."

Gavin Davey, Director of the RAF Benevolent Fund for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North-East England said: "We are delighted to be partnered with South Ayrshire Council to reach and support RAF veterans in need. This kind donation will support personnel and their families in South Ayrshire, and help us to reach even more."

More information on the RAF Benevolent Fund, visit

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