Gemma Mahon and Lyn Doney from the RAF Benevolent Fund’s East Midlands and East Region visited RAF Marham on 13 July, to see the new Airplay park open at Oak Avenue.
The area now caters for the full range of young people living in the area from toddlers to young teens.
Slides, basket swings and rope bridges combine with landscaped mounds and ditches, formal and natural stone seating and open grass areas to create a parkland environment which children and parents alike can enjoy.
The park was opened by Air Commodore Sir Michael Oswald KCVO, who is the Honorary Air Commodore of 2620 (RAuxAF) Regiment Squadron, he said:
“The whole concept of the playground is excellent, the children are encouraged to discover imaginative play while they explore the different elements of the park. We are all extremely grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for providing the financial assistance that made this possible.”
The RAF Benevolent Fund has funded the project as part of the charity’s £24 million Airplay project, adding to the £1.5m in welfare provision which RAF Marham has seen in recent years.
Gemma Mahon said:
“It is fantastic to visit Marham and see Airplay in action like this. By providing these new facilities, and by funding trained Airplay youth workers to help RAF community support teams, we can give RAF young people access to the support they deserve and take some of the strain off serving RAF personnel.”
Gill Smith , visiting the new park with children from Marham Infants School, said:
“The children have been very excited, looking forward to the opening of the park for sometime. It’s important to the families that the children are catered for, especially when parents are deployed.”