WHO WE ARE
Cabin Crew Superintendent Dougie East formed the Air Cabin Crew Fund as a self-help group in 1972. Its main aim was to help the cabin crew community, who were absent through illness, keep in touch with the airline and their colleagues.
It is a self-funded organisation with crew members asked to make a voluntary contribution of at least £4 a month from their salaries. At the present time we have around 3000 contributors. In return, personal contact is maintained through periods of sickness. Individual needs are identified and support and assistance is given to the crew members and their families.
Cabin crew are an absent work force and when a crew member is away from flying due to ill health, contact with colleagues is lost. Today, with the larger work force, this problem has increased significantly. The fund has always been administered and maintained by current or retired cabin crew volunteers who freely give of their own time and sometimes have to deal with difficult circumstances.
The team members hold a position of extreme trust as they are often in possession of highly confidential and personal information. The Fund has appropriate GDPR and Privacy Policies
WHAT WE DO
We send to our sick colleagues:-
At 3 weeks a Card and £50.00 Marks & Spencer voucher
At 6 weeks a Card and £50.00 Marks & Spencer voucher
At 3, 4 & 5 months a Card and cheque for £125.00
At 6 months a Card and cheque for £500.00
Subsequent months a Card and cheque for £125.00
The only two stipulations to being a member, and therefore allowing the administrators to know you are off work, are
a) that you must be on an operational roster when you apply and
b) that you contribute at least £4 a month to the Fund.
We hope that you'll never need the support we offer but if you do we'll be here for you
WHAT CABIN CREW SAY
A small selection of the 'Thank You's' that we have received from Cabin Crew in just 3 months
"I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the ACCF for your help & support since the start of the year. It really has been a huge boost , and I'm both humbled & very grateful for your support."
"The cheque for £125 was very much appreciated whilst I am on long term sick battling cancer. The work and generosity of the ACCF is very welcome at a difficult time for me."
"You will never know how much it has helped me financially and how nice it is to know there are people that care as it does feel very much that you're home alone."
I have been flying for 30 years this year and I have contributed to the Fund since joining BA. It is only when you are a receipient that you realise how important the members contributions are and I shall certainly be spreading the word when I'm back flying."
"There really aren't words to express my thanks. The cheque is so gratefully received. Thank you for all the hard and wonderful work that you and your team do."
"I'm hoping to return to work soon but thank you and my ACCF colleagues for remembering me in the meantime. It helps to feel less 'out of the loop'. You all do a great job."
"This is my first time off with long term sickness. Nobody prepares you for it and you have really made a difference to me."
"The work that you and your team do at the ACCF is very much appreciated and, whenever I can, I always recommend crew join this great Fund."
The A-Z of the Air Cabin Crew Fund
A committee of past and present crew members headed by a President, Vice President, Honorary Treasurer and Secretary ensure the smooth running of the ACCF.
Our fund at present covers all BA mainline bases
A commemorative Dutch garden is maintained in memoriam to deceased colleagues and provides a sanctuary for family and friends.
All we ask is a minimum of £4 from your hard earned cash each month
We make an effort to contact every member who is sick, but if we should let anyone slip through the net, then please forgive us and DO tell us. Call or text 0776 033 8130.
We sometimes send flowers to members who are of sick, particularly to those going into hospital, to brighten up their day
GET WELL CARDS
Every member gets one, and a £50 Marks & Spencer Voucher, after 3 weeks of sickness.
HELPING EACH OTHER
At home and abroad
The ACCF is not allied to any other body, politically or otherwise
You can do so by clicking here printing and completing the form. Posting it to the ACCF Administration desk at Waterside whose address is under Email link at top of the page.
Shown by persons offering gratuities to Cabin Crew who then donate it to the ACCF and also by crew who donate their bar commission
Imperative for Committee Members to do so with scheduling to ensure a roster free day to attend ACCF meetings and other fund raising Events
Every member reaches a cheque after three months sickness and again at four, five and six months of sickness. After that, for up to a further year and a half, every member receives a cheque every month until they return to fitness
NEXT OF KIN
Next of kin, family, friends and colleagues are very welcome to join us at the Annual Memorial Day at Brooklands Museum (for more information go to 'News', 'Clandon'). if you wish for the name of those you come to remember to be read out, please email us with your details, the number attending in your party and the name/s as you would like them included. To tell us that you are joining us Click Here
The BOAC Air Cabin Crew Fund was founded in 1971 to help keep colleagues and their families in the event of sickness or death.
Elected every year
The Fund Reaches Out to our sick members at a time when they are out of contact with their work friends and colleagues. That can be a lonely time which is uplifted when the Fund gets in touch.
This is provided by the BA computer system adhering to all GDPR data protection regulations
ULTIMATE CARING IN OUR COMMUNITY
The ACCF is crew showing Support, Care and Concern for their colleagues who are unwell
The ACCF is run by Volunteers who generously, and freely, give their time daily, weekly and monthly to 'Keep In Touch', and administer the distribution of around £150,000 per year. They are drawn from current and retired British Airways Cabin Crew and staff.
'WHAT YOU CAN BUY'
with your Marks & Spencer Vouchers?
A £50 voucher giving you the opportunity to buy something for Marks & Spencers after both three and six weeks of sickness
We can't do it ourselves and welcome all the support you can give, whatever forms you give it in. After all the ACCF is YOU
And that's where we started from, to grow voluntarily into a self-help group that can offer you all you've read about up to now.