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Benevolent by the sea

RAF Odiham recently dedicated their time to help spruce up Princess Marina House.

Nine members of 27 Squadron, B Flight at RAF Odiham, visited Princess Marina House, a care and respite home run by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, to try their hands at some site upkeep as part of 27 Squadron’s ongoing intention to contribute to charitable organisations whenever possible.

Dedicated team from RAF Odiham at Princess Marina House

The RAF Benevolent Fund has long been associated with RAF Odiham and currently enjoys a top position on the list of Station charities. The 3 Op Flights on 27 Squadron each have a nominated Charities Representative who always has a project underway to donate, help out or support charities in the local area and further afield.

B Flight were ably directed by two full-time handymen and a gardener to repaint the sea-facing wall of the seating area with panoramic views of the sea and to relocate two tonnes of shingle into the flowerbeds and borders of the immaculate gardens.

The professionals were released to more difficult jobs worthy of their talents as we worked on the painting and carrying, with the enthusiasm of two-day volunteers. The salt-laden spray takes a toll on the considerable frontage of the property and outbuildings so our volunteering certainly helped to protect an extremely valuable asset at our disposal.

The Odiham aircrew who were able to donate their time to such a wonderful cause were treated to a better understanding of the RAF Benevolent Fund; the RAF’s leading welfare charity; Princess Marina House and the huge diversity of experience buried in the stories of remarkable members of the RAF family who reside there.

Princess Marina House sits on the beachfront in the quiet village of Rustington, West Sussex. Guests can range from veterans of past conflicts to families of personnel.

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