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The Bailey family

Sergeant Shaun Bailey joined the RAF in 1990, being stationed in Northern Ireland and Iraq before going on to serve at RAF Cosford in an education role.

Sergeant Bailey with his wife Jackie and son Adam

In 2008 Shaun's wife, Jacky, gave birth to their third child, Adam, who was diagnosed with hemimegalencephaly, an extremely rare condition which results in abnormalities in the brain.

After consulting their doctor, the Baileys decided that Adam should go to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London to have surgery to ease his symptoms, which included very distressing seizures.

Unfortunately, they did not know how they could afford the travel with an unreliable car and the costs of parking and hotel stays in London, as Adam would be in hospital for ten days.

At this point Shaun got in touch with the RAF Benevolent Fund. We agreed to issue a grant to help with costs.

The grant also helped to provide some important home technology, including a CCTV camera with monitor so the family could keep an eye on Adam at all times, and an outdoor play area.

Jacky says: "The help we received from the RAF Benevolent Fund made an enormous difference to us. It relieved us from worrying about our financial commitments and allowed us to focus all our energy on the needs of our son at the time when he needed us most."

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