Former RAF man John lands top award

Head shot of award winner

John Marsland - Credit: Submitted

A 75-year-old man former RAF officer from Paignton has won a top, national award.

John Marsland won the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Welfare Caseworker of the Year title at the charity’s annual awards.

He served in the Royal Air Force for 30 years and has been a caseworker with the Royal Air Forces Association for the past 10 years.

The ceremony, held at Plaisterers’ Hall in London, was attended by hundreds of RAF personnel, veterans, and supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Now in its ninth year, the Fund’s annual awards celebrates the outstanding contributions of the charity’s fundraisers, volunteers, and partners.

Sadly, John was unable to make it to the ceremony, but said of winning the award: “When I was in the Royal Air Force as a Warrant Officer personnel administrator, a lot of my job was to help service families in all sorts of different ways. I’d do it all over again – in fact, I’m still doing it now! Every case is different, and I like meeting people and trying to help them as much as I can. I’ve got to thank the RAF Benevolent Fund for their assistance with this.

"I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. It makes the effort and time that not just I, but all caseworkers put into preparing and submitting cases to the RAF Benevolent Fund so worthwhile.  I very much look forward to continuing my support to this very worthy charity.”

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to all of this year’s winners, particularly John for his tireless support. The enthusiasm, creativity, and generosity we saw over the course of 2020 was truly inspiring, so from all of us here at the Fund – thank you.”