The substantial charity support of RAF Halton is the backbone of our community focus. The Chilterns MS Centre and Halton School have been recipients of our efforts of late with the Royal Air Forces Association getting the benefit of two recent charitable donations.
Chilterns MS Centre – The developer that purchased the former hospital site, agreed to replace the MS building up to a value of £1 million. However, by adding funds to those of the developer for a larger £2.3 million facility the Centre can continue to expand to meet the growing need. Last year 13,386 treatments were carried out with up to 60 patients processed each week for use of the hyperbaric chamber alone! With the opening in August and £300,000 left to raise, the charity has some way to go and with annual running costs of £500,000, the donation from RAF Halton raised by the annual Vale of Aylesbury Sponsored Ride, takes the charity closer to reaching its goal.
The Chilterns MS Centre provides a range of 19 treatments and services to help people with MS adjust and cope with daily living, manage their symptoms and live life to the full. The new building will have state of the art hyperbaric chambers, a hydrotherapy pool and treatment areas to make a difference to the lives of MS sufferers. Mrs Carol Clements, a patient from Haddenham, said: “It’s a tremendous facility. The staff are very friendly and the treatments get bits of you working that don’t really work!”
Halton School – The Halton Community Combined School recently benefitted from the donation of a cheque from RAF Halton SSAFA In-Service Community. The cheque was received by one of the grateful classes with the money set to support the fantastic educational delivery that the Ofsted acclaimed school offers to its pupils, including many whose parents work at RAF Halton.
RAFA – Officer in Charge of RAF Halton’s Royal Air Force Association Liaison Committee, Flt Lt Kevin Devlin, presented the new President of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller (KBE), with a cheque recently. Flt Lt Devlin and his team raised the money for the Wings Appeal by organising various fund raising initiatives such as ‘Brew for the Few’, a summer BBQ for the local RAFA Branches as well as ‘Tin Rattling’ on the Station and in the local towns and villages.
The RAFA is a charity organisation that supports the RAF, its serving members, ex-servicemen and their families. Recruit Training Squadron’s Newcomers Club is just one of many good causes that have been provided by this fantastic organisation. The RTS recruits were also able to say their thanks by donating their own cheque to the RAFA.