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RAF Valley play parks and nursery transformed by £100,000 refurbishment

RAF Valley has reopened two play parks following a refurbishment project to improve the safety for children using these facilities. The project, which cost £33,000, was funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity.

The Fund also recently provided a grant of £62,000 to upgrade the indoor and outdoor spaces at RAF Valley's Lilypad Nursery and awarded a further £7,000 to upgrade the parents and tots facility at the station.

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Wing Commander Nikki Parr, Officer Commanding Support Wing at RAF Valley, said: "We simply could not look after our community without the ongoing and extremely generous support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. This year, their funding has helped us to carry out some much-needed improvements on the play parks for our nursery and the park opposite the HIVE Community Centre.

"With the challenging weather conditions on Anglesey, outdoor equipment needs regular upkeep and replacement; this investment will allow our children to play safely for years to come."

Dean Clarke, Community Development Officer at RAF Valley, added: "Already the improvements to the Station Lilypad Nursery and Community Hub play parks have made a great difference to the community here. The impact of the support that is consistently offered by the Fund to RAF Valley cannot be understated, this support makes a great deal of difference to RAF Valley especially in this isolated location and during the current difficult times. Many families have asked me to pass on their thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund."

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, emotional, and practical assistance to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families. This includes grants to help with financial difficulty, free memberships for Headspace, Airplay youth clubs, and more.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "It's an absolute pleasure to see the outcome of the refurbishment works here at RAF Valley. The Fund is committed to supporting the whole of the RAF Family, and that includes children of personnel living on RAF stations. These upgrade projects will greatly improve the environment for those children, enhancing their ability to learn, play and socialise with others."

Throughout 2020, the RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a range of welfare initiatives to support personnel and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has introduced a 24-hour emotional support helpline and created an online mental wellbeing zone, as well as offering Headspace memberships to partners of serving personnel. The Fund has also offered a grant of £2,500 to each RAF station to provide an activity and wellbeing pack for RAF children and launched Airplay Connect, an online version of its youth support service.

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