Bumpy landings are a thing of the past for the youngest children of RAF personnel at RAF Cranwell, as a new soft play area and buggy shelter recently opened in the Brunei Community Centre.
The new play area, funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, is designed for babies and toddlers up to age two, and features soft play furnishings, child-sized furniture, sand and water tables for 'messy play' and new wall decorations. Mum and Dad will also be more comfortable, with the provision of new adult-sized furniture as well.'
Air Commodore Chris Luck, Commandant at RAF Cranwell, opened the play area and said: "I am delighted to be able to open these new facilities on behalf of our families in what is the hub of the RAF College Cranwell community.
"I know that I can speak for our families when I say that they will be an immensely beneficial and very well-used addition to the Station's community support amenities.
"We are enormously appreciative to both the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Libor Scheme for the provision of this equipment."
In addition to the soft play area and buggy shelter at the Brunei Community Centre, the RAF Benevolent Fund also provided new soft play equipment for the nearby Hollowday Club. These furnishings, designed for children aged two to five-years-old, replace worn equipment used by a weekly Station Soft Play Group.
The new play area, equipment, and buggy shelter are welcome additions to the existing Airplay youth support programme, play parks, and child care centre already on Station, all provided by the RAF Benevolent Fund. Both sets of play equipment and the buggy shelter were paid for by the charity using Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Scheme funding.
RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Marshal Chris Nickols said: "We are so pleased to provide this new play equipment and buggy shelter through our relationship with the Libor Scheme.
"Our Airplay programme provides needed youth services on all major RAF stations, supporting serving personnel and their families. We're delighted to add these new features for the youngest children at RAF Cranwell.
In the past year, the RAF Benevolent Fund, as the RAF's leading welfare charity, spent more than £18 million helping over 60,000 members of the RAF family with a range of services, from child-care centres and youth workers on each station, to relationship counselling, and assistance with financial, housing, and medical needs.