A new play park was declared open during a Families Day at RAF Shawbury recently. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund kindly supported and funded the much needed new Play Park with our support.
Excited children eagerly waited for the blue ribbon to be cut by Air Vice-Marshal Warren James CBE MA CMgr CCMI FRAeS RAF, Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group, before trying out the new Play Park.
The existing park, in the Dawson’s Rough Service Family Accommodation area, and built in the 1990s was in desperate need of refurbishment. The equipment only catered for toddlers and a complete re-design was needed.
The new lay-out was created in consultation with the RAF Shawbury young people, who worked with Proludic to create the optimum design that would provide opportunities to have fun, learn new skills, interact with other children and increase physical fitness.
Paul Sinnott, Area Delivery Manager, attended the site with Neville Rogers, our Health and Safety Officer, to provide support to Gail Moore and Proludic. We also discussed the works and completed a known hazards survey for both the play park and the families’ day. We attended further progress meetings to ensure works were kept on track, these meetings also included liaising with ISS to ensure the grounds where cut and tidied before the opening.
Gail Moore, the Community Development Officer at RAF Shawbury said, “Today was the result of a great team effort by Proludic, CarillionAmey and the RAF Benevolent Fund. It will make a huge difference to the children who will now have a safe and stimulating environment to play in. We are especially grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for making this possible.”
Mark Quinn, Regional Director of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “To able to able to provide funding for this Play Park and see the smiles on the faces of the children has been wonderful. The RAF Benevolent Fund are very proud to support Serving personnel and their dependants and I very much hope this facility will be enjoyed by many for years to come.”
The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and in 2016 spent £3m supporting serving personnel and their families.