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Celebrating Christmas miles apart

Christmas without loved ones can be tough, but one RAF Scampton family know that while they're missing Ch Tech Steve Forrest, thanks to him another family have their Dad at home.

Ch Tech Steve Forrest volunteered for the four-month deployment to RAF Akrotiri which means he will miss Christmas at home for the first time. He did so, so another engineer, who had already been posted away from his family at this time of year, could enjoy Christmas at home.

Forrest family

His wife Kerry said: "That's just Steve all over. He's such a lovely man. He has even volunteered to take on a colleague‘s workload temporarily after he wasn't able to travel to Cyprus due to a bereavement to avoid asking another serviceman or woman to head over to Cyprus at such short notice, close to Christmas.

"The girls and I are used to Steve being away for short trips, a few days, a few weeks even. But it's so much harder when it's for a long spell. We are a team and it’s hard work when he's not here."

The couple, who have been married for almost 15 years, have two daughters Lilly, 10, and Daisy, 14. The girls are members of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Airplay youth support scheme at RAF Scampton.

Kerry said: "They absolutely love Airplay. They have had a great year there and it’s great to know the youth workers understand the challenges they face.

"Now they are older they understand a bit more and cannot be distracted as easily."

So this Christmas Day Kerry will be keeping busy hosting her two sisters and their families and her dad, making time for a video call with Steve. While Steve will have his Christmas dinner in the Mess.

To find out more about the Fund's youth support scheme, visit the Airplay section.

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