BALPA Benevolent Fund


The BALPA Benevolent Fund is a registered charity whose object is to provide support to those in financial need who are, or have been, engaged professionally as pilots, flight engineers, helicopter winchmen or navigators in commercial aviation and current or former employees of BALPA or any of its subsidiaries, and their families, and anyone else dependent on them.

We provide assistance in all kinds of cases, such as funding disability equipment; assisting with the cost of educational courses following loss of licence; support for those who have lost their licence for medical reasons and property repairs.

We encourage those eligible to apply for support. We have to be prudent with the fund’s money, but we are also keen to help where we can. Funding is provided by returns on capital investments or legacies with dividends and donations being utilised by the Trustees to assist deserving cases that meet the requirements of the Trust Deed.

If you wish to apply to the Fund for assistance, please fill out the initial enquiry form below. We will then e-mail you an application form enabling you to provide the details required by the Trustees to consider your request. Applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence. The Trustees and their financial advisers meet quarterly at BALPA Head Office.

To donate to the BBF, please click on the link below:

Request application form



"I would like to take this opportunity to offer a heartfelt thank you to all the trustees at the BALPA Benevolent Fund. I had spent a good few weeks trying to secure funding for a degree course and because of where I live in the UK, I was unable to secure funding through the traditional route. The BBF really was my last hope in obtaining the funding I so desperately needed. They agreed to fund me a personal loan for the entire course!!>/p>

Now is the perfect time for me to participate in this 2 year part time degree and it wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the help and generous support of the trustees. Thank you so much.

Daniel Spragg,
Former FlyBe Captain Dash 8 Q400"

"I am writing on behalf of myself and my family to say a big THANK YOU to the whole team administering the BALPA Benevolent Fund and your kind continued generosity.    We are and always will be, extremely grateful for all the support you have given us over the last three years. It has meant a great deal to us and helped us enormously to come to terms with my re-diagnosis and the implications this had on my health, career and therefore upon the family as a whole."

"We want to give you an update. Things are going well. This is the first year we can stand on our own regarding all bills etc. The business is going great guns!! All equipment that you helped us with is being used. Thank you all."

"Wow!! A grant!! That act of generosity has really helped my situation. I was looking at potentially selling my house to try and make ends meet. Now I can just focus on getting better and re-gaining my medical as soon as possible.    Please pass on my sincere gratitude to the trustees."