Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
3 October 2013

SSAFA helps to make home from home for RAF Honington's single personnel

Generous donation from SSAFA volunteers provides household and entertainment items for new welfare flat.

SSAFA helps to make home from home for RAF Honington's single personnel

Single and unaccompanied serving personnel at RAF Honington will have the opportunity to enjoy and relax in the ‘home from home’ facilities provided in the new and recently opened welfare flat.

Primarily aimed at single and unaccompanied serving personnel, the welfare flat was a collaborative project between RAF Honington Station and the SSAFA Service Committee, who identified the need for a facility that would allow personnel to cook their own food and relax in a comfortable environment, away from their service accommodation.

The £1000 donated by SSAFA was used to purchase items that were at the heart of the ‘welfare’ element of the flat, including an electric oven and hob, an Xbox 360 Console, a Playstation Console and DVDs.

Wing Commander Helen Miller, Chair of the SSAFA In-Service Committee explained “when I joined the committee, I immediately started to seek out local welfare initiatives that we could support, particularly for the single and unaccompanied personnel who are the majority of our demographic at RAF Honington. We were delighted to provide £1000 towards the household items and entertainment suite in the Welfare Flat.”

To mark the opening of the Welfare Flat, Air Vice-Marshal Sean Reynolds, Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, cut the ribbon. He was accompanied by Ellie Malpas, Publicity Officer and Claire Rushton, Secretary. Flying Officer Andy Thomson, Project Officer for the Welfare Flat who had been instrumental in co-ordinating the refurbishment, was also present.

Station Commander, RAF Honington, Group Captain Scott Miller commented, "This Unit is one with a high operational tempo and a significant proportion of young Service personnel in a rural location. The imaginative use of existing space on base to create a welcoming venue for personnel to relax in is a great local initiative. I am very grateful to all involved in enabling the project, and to the SSAFA Committee for their generous grant of £1000."