For many RAF personnel and their families, time together is precious, that's why the RAF Benevolent Fund established its seaside cottages and apartments to give loved ones the chance to get away from it all. Families like Squadron Leader Tim Thresher and his wife and daughter who had been separated while Tim was working at RAF Cranwell. Five days spent at Seacot Cottage at Princess Marina House were a welcome opportunity to get together and spend time as a family. In this blog, Tim tells us what it meant to his family.
I applied for a welfare break for two reasons. Firstly, I was working at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, and was there unaccompanied whilst my wife and daughter were based down south. Opportunities for time together were a little bit limited, as we were living a couple of hundred miles apart.
Additionally, my mother-in-law is quite elderly and immobile and cannot travel so well. It was tricky to get her to go away on holiday with us, and she certainly could not fly overseas. If she did go anywhere she would have been worried about having medical services nearby should she need them.
The cottage was a fantastic opportunity for us all to be together and for my mother-in-law especially to relax while on holiday. It proved to be brilliant from start to finish!
Everything was there that you could wish for. The facilities and the cottages themselves were modified to take care of people like my mother-in-law who needed better access. The location was also excellent, right by the beach there at Rustington.
It was good to have Princess Marina House on the doorstep for my mother-in-law’s peace of mind. The staff made it really special because they were so friendly and helpful.
I think what the RAF Benevolent Fund does is fantastic. Everyone in the RAF is conscious of the Fund being there, and conducting a whole range of activities to support the RAF family. In terms of these welfare properties in particular, I think they offer a brilliant opportunity to all.
Click here to find out more about who is eligible for a welfare break at the seaside cottages and apartments.