The first RAF Families Day of 2016, was held at RAF Valley on Thursday with the Red Arrows, a B-52 and Ainsley Harriott joining in on the fun!
Last Thursday, RAF Valley kicked off the first Families Day event of the year and what a day it was. The station, that is responsible for training Search & Rescue pilots and fast jet aircrew, welcomed more than 1,000 RAF personnel and their families.
Guests enjoyed a day full of fun and entertainment including arts and crafts, music and animal handler stalls, alongside archery, dodgems, an inflatable assault course, bouncy castle and vintage automobiles.
In the skies above Anglesey, the crowds were treated to air displays from a B-52, RV8 Ravens, DHFS helicopters and a finale from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
The RAF Benevolent Fund proudly attended the day alongside our official mascot Ben Elephant, who was seen mingling with beauty pageant winner, Miss Europe and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott.
Supporting station families' days is just one way the RAF Benevolent Fund supports the RAF Family. The families' days are a great way for the serving RAF personnel and their families to relax and recuperate within their own community, without the pressure of operations. It is also great when they can share this with the communities in which they serve and to show them and their loved ones, what they actually do.
At RAF Valley alone, the Fund spent £62,390 in 2015 on several welfare initiatives, including our Airplay programme for young people living on RAF stations.
Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "Families Days are really important as they allow serving RAF personnel and their families to come together and enjoy a day with the RAF, away from the pressures of service life. By supporting events such as these, the Fund aims to alleviate some of these pressures and continue its support of the welfare needs of the RAF family. Where they can do this alongside the civilian community, then so much the better."