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The RAF Benevolent Fund McConnel Cup

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The RAF Benevolent Fund is sponsoring ‘The RAF Benevolent Fund McConnell Cup’ at the 2021 RAF Police Military Working Dog Trials.  

The Cup will be awarded to the RAF Police Military Working Dog Obedience and Agility Champion.  Named after veteran RAF Police Corporal Mick McConnell, the trophy has been introduced to open up the competition across all Military Working Dog capabilities.  This means that Detection, Police and Patrol teams can compete against each other in Heelwork, Agility and Obedience Tests. 

Mick, who received lifelong injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan, has been supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund throughout his recovery.  Since leaving the RAF, Mick has remained an inspiration to the RAF Police community by always being on hand with a listening ear and a cup of tea (or something stronger).  He has continued to raise awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund and will forever be in their debt for the support they have given to him and his family. 

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"Mick’s story is inspirational – as well as overcoming his own personal challenges, he has a great determination to give something back and support our work. Without any Government support, the Fund exists to help RAF veterans personnel and their families.  People like Mick help us to spread the word about the assistance we can give, ensuring no member of the RAF Family faces adversity alone."

Jason Shauness
Director of Fundraising and Communications, RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund McConnell Cup competition represents the values of its namesakes and aims to inspire current and future generations of RAF Police Dog handlers to hone and develop their skills in the pursuit of excellence. 

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