The RAF Families Federation launched #letusbrightenyourday and invited applications for funding from all members of the RAF Family for items that could brighten their day or make things easier during Lockdown and Social Distancing.
Maria Lyle, Director said "The funding from the Annington Trust has allowed us to support hundreds of RAF personnel and families. We know from their responses how delighted they have been that someone has beeen thinking of them as the impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the RAF Family. We have had requests from single personnel, families and both Rgular and Reservists. What is particularly heartening for us is that many requests have been nominations for others, showing how keen the RAF Community is to support and recognise the work those around them."
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Similarly, the Royal Navy Families Federation launched their 'Brighten Your Day' project. It will provide serving families with resources to support resilience as well as brighten their day.
Anna Wright, CEO said "Operations around the globe haven't ceased for the Royal Navy and additionally personnel have mobilised to support COVID-19. Spouses who previously were juggling all of the demands that this brings now find themselves woking from home and home schooling or as key workers managing their family whilst their loved one is deployed. The wonderful response to this project has been families really welcoming the recognition that these challenging times have presented."
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Finally, the Army Families Federation provided 200 pre-paid 10GB WiFi dongles to Army families experiencing digital poverty. The remainder of the donation will be spent on Wellness Packages that will include everything from activity packs for children through to book vouchers for adults.