RAF Honington crews deploying to Afghanistan can rest assured that their children can play in safety back on the base.
It follows the official opening of a new Airplay Park, a state-of-the-art facility for young people, which is part of a £24 million nationwide investment by the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Declan O’Keefe, about to go to Afghanistan, leaving wife Jenny and four daughters at home, said: “Airplay is exactly what we need to keep the girls happy. It’s really important to know your kids are going to have safe, fun things to do while you’re on operations.”
The new Airplay Park was opened by Geoff Ware, regional dierctor for the RAF Benevolent Fund, and Air Vice-Marhall Phil Osborn.
Honington is home to the RAF Regiment. Mr Ware said: “RAF children face unique challenges. Parents may deploy overseas at short notice for extended periods, sometimes to war zones.
“Families move around, often to isolated locations where children must make new friends. It’s not always easy.”