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Response to Government's announcement about the LIBOR Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a further £381,968 from the LIBOR Fund.

We welcome the government's announcement regarding the latest tranche of awards. The money will help fund the modernisation of 40 easy access wet-room bathrooms at Princess Marina House, its flagship respite care home for veterans and their spouses.

Princess Marina HouseThese will be designed to meet the increasing care and mobility needs of guests, better allowing those with disabilities to take more control of their own care needs in a more dignified manner. It will ensure that we can welcome more beneficiaries with care needs to PMH, to take advantage of the wonderful facilities, right on the seaside, and to receive the TLC that only PMH staff can give.

This is the latest of three grants which have been awarded to the RAF Benevolent Fund through the LIBOR Fund with awards now totalling £781,968.

Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare & Policy at the Fund said: "This is fantastic news that will make a real difference to so many in the RAF who need a respite break.  

"The support from the LIBOR, in this past year, totals £781,968 and provides the Fund with additional resources to undertake activities that we would not otherwise be able to do, and in so doing, makes a real difference to the lives of those people who we are so proud to be able to help, in their time of need. The LIBOR funds are helping us to repay the debt we owe to those who are and have served."

Mrs Shirley Steeples, General Manager of Princess Marina House, said: "This award is a fantastic way in which to end 2013. We have recently completed the refurbishment of two wet rooms, with our own money, and they look fantastic and will make a huge difference to those who use those rooms.

"This wonderful grant will allow us to complete the rest of the project much more quickly than would otherwise have been possible, ensuring that as many people benefit from the improved facilities in as short a period of time as possible."

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