A new home from home for RAF families was opened in Rustington, West Sussex on 8 December. Shencot House has been refurbished by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, as a place for serving RAF families in need of an affordable break.
On the day Lady Wright, wife of Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright (Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund) and Air Marshal Andy Pulford (Air Member for Personnel) opened the house.
Sir Robert Wright said: "I am delighted to see this excellent new holiday home opened today, offering first class comfort, facilities and convenience for serving RAF personnel and their families.
"This builds on the enormous success of Seacot House, our existing holiday home, enhancing our ability to offer support at periods of peak demand.
"These are challenging times for the Air Force, and we have seen a large increase in demand for the welfare breaks we offer.
"I'm glad to say that with Shencot House we should be able to do much more. With Princess Marina House (our flagship holiday home) just across the road, visitors will enjoy invaluable time away with loved ones in a beautiful part of the world, with easy access to the comradeship of their RAF peers."
Anyone serving in the Royal Air Force will be able to apply for a break at Shencot House, which is a short walk to the beach with easy access to West Sussex attractions like Arundel Castle and Brighton’s vibrant arts scene. The first guests, an RAF family, will arrive in mid December and stay over Christmas.
Shirley Steeples, General Manager of the house said: "I would like to thank all the people who have contributed so much to help us complete Shencot House in good time, both financially and practically.
"Among those who have shown their support are the RAF Charitable Trust, members of the local community, local businesses and corporate supporters like Airfix, Howden's Joinery, Greenfield Gas services, Reynolds and Burgess Carpets and Designer Landscapes – plus serving RAF personnel.
"We enjoy wonderful support from all those who appreciate the magnificent work the RAF does in defence of our freedom, and we continue to be surprised and delighted by their generosity. Shencot House will make a big difference to hard pressed RAF families, and also help cement the special relationship the Littlehampton area has developed with the RAF.”