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Over 300 Bucks RAF families get boost

A £5k scheme has helped create activity & wellbeing packs for children.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:48pm 4th June 2020. 2-minute read.

Over 300 Bucks RAF families get boost

A £5k project has helped to make lockdown easier for kids on the RAF base in Wycombe.

Matched funding from the RAF Benevolent Fund has meant 320 families have been given Amazon vouchers amongst an activity and wellbeing pack.

The vouchers are the result of a grant awarded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity. 

The Fund has made £2,500 available for each RAF station to provide an activity and wellbeing pack for RAF children who will be missing out on its Airplay youth support sessions which have been temporarily paused.

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RAF High Wycombe matched the £2,500 awarded by the RAF Benevolent Fund to ensure nobody missed out. 

Group Captain Shaun Harris, Station Commander at RAF High Wycombe, said:

"This grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund has made a real difference to the children of RAF personnel who are maintaining UK Defence, including COVID support, during this difficult time. 

"We are very lucky to work with a charity that continues to provide tremendous support to serving personnel and veterans. Thank you to everyone who donates to, or raises money for, the RAF Benevolent Fund; something that is so important this year, with the reduction in traditional fundraising."

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, emotional and practical assistance to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families.

This includes grants to help with financial difficulty, specialist advice on benefits, support with care needs, and more.

In 2019, the RAF Benevolent Fund spent more than £250,000 supporting personnel and their families at RAF High Wycombe.  

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