Military Families at RAF Akrotiri have mobilised to provide, food, clothes and medical supplies in support of those stricken by the fires in Greece.
Georgie Walker, mother of three, who works at RAF Akrotiri Learning Centre as a resettlement and education clerk was moved to tears when she saw images of other families left devastated by the spreading fires.
“I realised I just had to do something. It could so easily be us, we live in the same climate. I knew I had to help.”
Georgie got in touch with friend Tina Georgi at the Defence Medical Welfare Service who provided her with details of how she could fly the supplies out to Greece.
“We have sent nearly two utility vehicles of kit down to Limassol, a courier firm there is flying aid from all over Cyprus out to the Greek Red Cross in Athens,” explained Georgie.
Georgie advertised on local websites and on British Forces Radio in Cyprus for people to drop their bags off at the Akrotiri Learning Centre. She has been overwhelmed with the support from those living and working on the base. “It’s been amazing, people keep on arriving with bags stuffed with food and clothes.”
Sergeant Lucy Farmer from the RAF Police Security Flight has been helping to support the cause.
“The military family always comes together at times like this, that’s the advantage of being in the RAF.”
The team at the Learning Centre have all leant in to help, as more and more bags arrive.
“It’s important that we all support this,” explains Nicky Kettle, learning centre manager. “I’m impressed that Georgie took the initiative we have all rallied behind her strong lead.”
Gp Capt Chris Snaith, RAF Akrotiri Station Commander said. “We have all been moved by the recent tragedy caused by the fires in Greece. I am immensely proud of how quickly the community at RAF Akrotiri has come together to support such a cause.”