RAF veteran is back on his feet with charity aid

RAF veteran Robert Rimmington who was helped by the RAF Benevolent Fund in relocating to Morton from Scotland.

RAF veteran Robert Rimmington who was helped by the RAF Benevolent Fund in relocating to Morton from Scotland.

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An RAF veteran from Morton is backing a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of a charity that helped him move to the village.

Robert Rimmington (68) was able to settle in Morton after moving down from Scotland in February with support from the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The charity, which gives ex-RAF servicemen and women both financial and domestic help, is publicising its work to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Mr Rimmington said: “I’m Lincolnshire born and bred but I had been living in Scotland with a friend for 15 years, so I had no furniture of my own.

“When I moved back to England, I contacted SAFFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) who put me on to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

“It helped me furnish my house in Morton after moving here in February and advised me on the benefits I could have.

“I couldn’t have asked for any better than what I got from the charity and they’ve been so good.”

Mr Rimmington, who has two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren joined the RAF in 1965 and served as a Leading Aircraftman air frame mechanic at RAF Leconfield in North Yorkshire for five years, followed by another three as an RAF reservist.

“I was a member of the major servicing team for the Lightning aircraft which was very interesting because the whole aircraft had to be stripped down until it was a shell before we could work on it,” Mr Rimmington said.

“The Cold War was on and for my last six months in the RAF, I was on standby after Turkey invaded Cyprus in the early 1970s.

“But it was a good life and I’m proud to have done my bit for the country. It was a tremendous relief to have been helped by the RAF Benevolent Fund.”

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, director of welfare and policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “The message of our campaign is simple - we are here for all those who have served and their partners so we hope they will reach out to us for help.”