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Tornado GR1 ZA326 Bracelets: Military Gifts for Men and Women

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At Icarus Originals, we are proud to work with a number of organisations that help support heroes. Our Fund collection has been created in partnership with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, where a profit of each item sold to our lovely consumers goes towards their charity fund. 

We wanted to showcase the amazing work of the charity, and the support they give heroes who need it most, and why our Fund Collection is that bit more special. 

To shed light on this, here is a touching story from veteran Rob Budgen, who used the Benevolent Fund when he suffered from an accident that changed his life forever… 

 

Meet Rob Budgen

In January 2016, Corporal Rob Budgen, who was age 31 just at the time, was involved in a parachute accident whilst on exercise in California. 

On the day of the accident, all Rob remembers was looking at his colleague prior to exiting the aircraft, signaling a ‘thumbs up’ in preparation to jump. The next thing he knew, he woke up in a hospital bed in California. Rob had suffered a severe vertebrae fracture in his neck and a damaged spinal cord. He is now tetraplegic and has complex care needs.

Thankfully, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund were able to assist Rob from the moment he suffered this life-changing injury. Firstly, by providing an immediate grant for his family towards the costs of air travel from California to visit Rob in his time of need. 

Additionally, the Fund was able to provide financial support for a number of pivotal services, such as funding his respite break, which enabled Rob to leave the ward for some much-needed down-time outside of the hospital setting. The Fund also financed the payment of specialist medical equipment, to ensure he was comfortable and properly taken care of on the road to recovery. They also provided monetary support for his housing needs, finding him a bungalow that was in close proximity to his close network of friends and family. This was an integral step towards his recovery, as Rob had purchased a property prior to the accident., but this was no longer deemed fit to serve his needs. 

Everything in his new property was equipped with utilities that Rob needed to function comfortably and soon became a humble abode that he could call his ‘forever home’. 

He says, ‘without the Fund, there is no way I would have been able to get everything I needed to live comfortably. Trying to put what the Fund does for the RAF into words is really difficult. The Fund is incredible, whenever we need it, it is there and without it thousands of people would not be able to live their lives like they do. Without it, I would not be able to live independently’. 

 

Why it matters…

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need it. The Fund is committed to getting them through the toughest times, whatever life may send their way. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, they will consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.

The organisations we work with are extremely close to our hearts. Being in the forces and having to rely on such charities makes it that bit more important to give back and provide support for those people who need it most. Our jewellery is made by heroes to be worn by legends, and if we can help and support those incredible people in the process, then it makes our job that bit more special.  

We want to thank the Benevolent Fund for the incredible work they continue to do to support those heroes’ lives. We are extremely proud to work in collaboration with such a fantastic charity. 

For more information, and to shop our aviation cufflinks and bracelet products check out our Fund Collection page.