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Celebrating Christmas in our new home

Stuart and Amy Robinson, who have been supported by the RAF Benevolent Fund, will be spending their first Christmas in their new home with their six-year-old son George and new baby Amelia.

After numerous moves and living in temporary accommodation while their new home was renovated (with support from the RAF Benevolent Fund to make it suitable for Stuart's needs) Amy tells us why this Christmas will be extra special. After many Christmas's apart due to the number of deployments Stuart had, our plans this year are to have a family Christmas in our new home.

The Robinson family

It's strange after living in so many military houses and in so many temporary ones while we waited for the adaptations to be made, to be in a house that we can finally call home.

Having the house designed around Stuart's needs means he can now help with everything that Christmas brings…so he can no longer get out of cooking or doing the mountain of washing up!

Our home has helped us to find the balance all families need. I no longer have to pre-plan any trips out as the home enables Stuart to be independent.

Being injured has not changed Stuart's role as a husband and a hands-on dad, but before he was often hindered with obstacles that a non-adapted home could bring.

This will be our first Christmas as a family of four (plus the dog!) I still have to pinch myself that Stuart and I have another child together. Now we can't imagine our lives without our little Dinky(Amelia).

To be told you may not be able to have another child is heart breaking as the decision should have been ours to make. But we are both a big believer in fate.

Stuart managed to survive injuries which should have killed him and Amelia has graced our family when we were told it couldn't happen. I do believe all our lives have a path to follow and this is ours.

George dotes on his little sister, even helping me out with feeding, though I have yet to persuade him to change any nappies!

This will be our third Christmas since Stuart was injured and each time I am so glad for the family and friends we have. The RAF Benevolent Fund have enabled us, on so many levels, to not just continue our lives after injury but improve them for the better.

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