Our boss, Sir Rob Wright, has been in north Wales seeing our work with the RAF family in action. Sir Rob tells us more in this post.
I've had really useful and interesting couple of days seeing our work in north Wales. The new St Dunstan's Centre in Llandudno will make a big difference to blind and visually impaired RAF servicemen – from the WW2 generation to those injured in Afghanistan today.
Work renovating this very striking building is steaming ahead and people like James Hill, an RAF veteran who toured the new building with me, will benefit a great deal.
The new Airplay multi use games area and play park we've constructed at RAF Valley is making a big difference to families on station. I was delighted to meet Laura Mitchell yesterday, who is married to an RAF Search and Rescue pilot and has three children: Ben, Tim and Andrew.
They have all benefited from the Airplay Parks and Airplay Youth Workers that we fund on station. It really is tremendously pleasing to hear first hand how the programme is making a difference.
Today I have the privilege of addressing personnel at the station, talking about the broader spectrum of care we provide for the RAF family.
I'll also catch up with the Search and Rescue force and members of 208 Squadron – I am president of the Squadron Association.
The last couple of days really brings home how our work is changing lives for the better – and how the need for our support endures.
By Sir Rob Wright, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund