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Injured RAF Service personnel taken to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine Selly Oak will receive special welcome bags thanks to the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

The bags, which contain a dressing gown, towels, T-shirts, shorts, jogging pants and flip-flops, are handed to RAF patients when they first arrive at the hospital.

The initiative is being funded by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, which has initially granted just over £5,000 to fund the scheme. Trustee Alan Smith, who recently presented the hospital staff with the bags, said he was enormously impressed by the level of care provided by both military and civilian staff. He said: "I was particularly impressed by the committed and flexible tri-Service approach at the hospital, towards which the Royal Air Force is making a massive contribution. The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust welcome bags certainly meet an important need as RAF patients arrive for their vital early treatment and care."

Warrant Officer 'Alfie' Jones, the RAF Military Representative at the hospital, said he was particularly pleased to receive the Welcome Bags. He said: "To be given one of these bags helps give the patients back their identity. As the RAF is the minority service at the hospital here the bag reminds patients that they are in the RAF, a fact of which they are very proud."

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine Selly Oak is a tri-Service unit providing medical support to military operational deployments and provides secondary specialist care for members of the Armed Forces.

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust is the parent charity of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises which organises the Royal International Air Tattoo each year at RAF Fairford. The Trust is keen to support project-based initiatives, and welcomes applications for grants from charities and organisations that are part of the Royal Air Force family.

January 24, 2012


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