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Fund lends a helping hand this Mother's Day

Life is busy for families and even busier for families juggling military life.  Abby Taylor is one such mother who knows just how tangled life on an RAF station can be.

Based at RAF Brize Norton for three years with her young family, Abby sees first hand how a little extra help can mean a lot more stability for her children, especially son Declan.

Family time thanks to Airplay

Declan is one of many children at the station who have experienced the fun and games with other  youngsters at Airplay. As soon as Declan turned eight years old, he started enjoying the benefits of Airplay by attending the Youth Club.

This weekly activity meant that not only has Declan been able to interact and socialise with other children on station experiencing many of the same obstacles as he, but that mum Abby was safe in the knowledge that her son is being supported in a safe environment, with stimulating activities.

Abby is proud to celebrate the benefits of Airplay: "Declan found it hard the last time his dad was deployed,” Abby explains. With his father deployed for six months last year, Declan struggled both at school and at home: "He would shy away from keeping in touch at school and not wanting to speak with his dad on Skype. By going to Youth Club it gave Declan the chance to have time out from me and the home in a safe, fun environment."

"Declan had something to look forward to," Abby continues. "This also gave me a chance to spend time with Declan’s younger brother, Connor. Declan would come back from Airplay activities in a happy, talkative mood and eventually started to open up and speak on Skype to his dad."

And Declan himself is championing Airplay, proud to attend the programme where he has made a lot of friends.

Funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, Airplay aims to keep young people safely occupied whilst on RAF Stations. The Fund recognised that young people in the RAF family faced unique challenges - long periods separated from at least one parent, moving around the country to new Stations and having to start at new schools and make new friends on a regular basis.

Find out more about our Airplay programme.

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