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Christmas at Princess Marina House

The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped and the turkey is ready for the oven. Christmas at Princess Marina House has arrived and it's always special. For many RAF veterans who do not have their own family to spend the festive period with, it's a chance to be with their RAF family.  Manager Shirley Steeples tells us more about how veterans will be celebrating the Big Day at Princess Marina House.

Christmas Day festivities begin at Princess Marina House with the Big Christmas Breakfast – bacon, eggs, tomatoes and toast. Guests from all over the country sit down and enjoy a hearty fare before Father Christmas arrives.

Christmas at Princess Marina House

Christmas Day here is always special. Some of our guests are widows or widowers, or they do not have family that they can spend Christmas with while others have been coming here for years and want to spend Christmas with the friends they've made.

Without somewhere to go like Princess Marina House many of our veterans would be on their own and that's particularly sad at Christmas when traditionally families are together.

They know at PMH they will receive a warm welcome and be part of an RAF family. Some of our veterans have been coming here for years and I know they wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

On Christmas Eve Father Christmas puts a stocking in each room and on Christmas Day he makes a special stop off to deliver presents to each guest. Christmas lunch is of course turkey with all the trimmings and everybody sits down together to eat.

In the afternoon we watch the Queen's speech – it's also a chance for everyone to sit and have a good old catch up.

In the evening we'll be watching a traditional Christmas film with popcorn. Thank you to everyone who has supported the RAF Benevolent Fund and Princess Marina House this year and a Merry Christmas from us all.

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