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Appeal launched to build apartments for serving personnel

PUBLISHED: 12:46 04 December 2014

Paul Hughesdon unveils the plans for the new apartments

Paul Hughesdon unveils the plans for the new apartments

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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has launched a fundraising appeal to build two new holiday apartments for Serving families.

The charity already has two seaside cottages, Seacot and Shencot at Princess Marina House in Rustington, for families in need of a break by the sea, but demand has far outstripped supply in recent years.

Shirley Steeples, General Manager Princess Marina House said: “Last summer we had over 60 applications to stay at our current two cottages, most of whom were young families seeking a break following a deployment in Afghanistan. But we also had a number of applications from families with ill or disabled children, partners with serious illness or RAF personnel recovering from injury. With two new apartments we’ll be better placed to meet the extraordinary demand and so make sure that we can give as many people as possible - those who are truly in need of a break by the sea - the opportunity to recover and recuperate at PMH .”

Service families face many challenges including long periods of separation and frequent moves, so the apartments aim to be a home away from home for the families to reconnect and spend quality time together.

Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “As the RAF’s leading charity we are continually developing our welfare provision to meet the current and future needs of the RAF family. Our current two cottages are extremely popular but demand has far outstripped supply in recent years. With the addition of the apartments, more families will be able to benefit from a break at the seaside.”

Built in an existing wing of the charity’s Princess Marina House, the charity’s respite hotel, the apartments will have all the comforts of home such as cots and high chairs for infants, gaming systems for older kids, and fully fitted kitchens for self-catering. They will also feature wet rooms and be wheelchair accessible for those with disabilities or recovering from injury.

The cost of the project is estimated at £360,000. To make a donation, please visit: www.rafbf.org/seasideappeal

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