Fantastic RAF centenary celebrated at our Homes!

A celebratory afternoon tea took place at Faithfull House on Wednesday 4 April to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The charity’s patron, Lady Bathhurst, was guest of honour and she was joined by Charles Martell, the High Sherriff of Gloucestershire and Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. Lilian Faithfull has a long and proud history of helping more than 100 RAF veterans and has enjoyed a relationship with the RAF Benevolent Fund  that spans more than 70 years.

The Secret Garden Community Hub, which is located in the garden of Faithfull House and provides tailored day care for older people, also hosted a 1940s themed tea dance.

“Due to our strong links with the RAF, we knew we wanted to do something to mark the centenary,” said Martin Hughes, Chief Executive of Lilian Faithfull. “We are honoured to have had past and present veterans live in our homes for many years so it felt fitting that we should mark such a milestone.

“Smaller celebrations also took place in our other homes, including Astell House which is home to 94-year-old Derek Tapson who is a recipient of France’s highest service award, the Legion D’Honneur. Flight Lieutenant Tapson was part of 197 Typhoon Squadron which was recognised for its role in the liberation of France from occupation during the Second World War.

“We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at Faithfull House and were delighted to welcome all our guests to celebrate a seminal part of British aviation and forces history.”

In 1962,  the RAF Benevolent Fund became a Trustee Member of Lilian Faithfull Care and in 2017 the main lounge at Faithfull House was renamed the Trenchard Room after Viscount Trenchard, the father of the RAF.