RAF bases around the country have benefitted from several thousand pounds of charitable donations from the Annington Trust.
The Trust has pledged £10,000 to RAF Scampton which will help fund the costs of developing a disused facility into a Youth Hub. The Youth Hub will re-house the Station’s Airplay project and benefit military and non-military youngsters aged 4-18. Nearly 200 young people participate in activities on the base and having one, purposely designed and developed building will provide much needed space for expansion as well as the opportunity for all agencies to work closely together. Other recipients of funding include RAF Benson, RAF Odiham and RAF Digby. They were amongst a number who successfully applied for funding for their Family Days, Service Days or in the case of RAF Boulmer, the Boulmer Bonanza!
RAF families and youngsters also benefitted from the Trust’s support of SSAFA’s Siblings and Young Carers break which took place in May half term and an event run by the Oxfordshire Play Association at RAF Brize Norton. Finally, several RAF youngsters are due to take part in the Annington Challenge, an annual initiative run by the Outward Bound Trust during the summer holidays which is aimed specifically at Service youngsters.
Established in 1996 at the time Annington purchased the Married Quarters Estate, the Annington Trust supports Services Families living on the MQ Estate by sponsoring community activities and projects. Grants have varied in size from small donations of a few hundred pounds for pre-school activities, youth organisations and sports clubs, to major awards of several thousands of pounds to provide much needed support for families.
The Trustees include representatives from each of the Families’ Federations, including Bill Mahon, Director of the RAF Families Federation. If you have a project or activity that needs financial support and can demonstrate that it will benefit the Service community, please either get in touch with Bill directly or visit www.anningtontrust.org for further details.
The Annington Challenge is now in its fifth year and has to date supported over 160 young people. It is open to youngsters aged from 13-19 who have a parent currently serving within the Military. Applicants need the support of their school. For further information, please visit