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Discounts for Service Families T

here are many opportunities for Service Discounts in the

marketplace. Here we highlight three who pride themselves in leading from the front. ‘The largest and only official forces discount website’

This site is recognised and supported by the MoD and boasts172,000 members with1,050 companies on board giving discounts and special deals. The site carries saving on holidays, flights, clothing, electricals, high street shopping, days out, to name but a few. ‘The first and still No1’ This site offers hundreds of discounts and concessions for Serving personnel and is at the moment offering a free prize draw. The success two years ago of ‘Heroes Welcome in Scarborough’ highlighted a

simple way to allow towns to openly support and give quiet recognition to visiting members of the Armed Forces.

Joining members in the town agree to the ethos and to offer a discount, service upgrade or special warm welcome to visiting Service personnel.

Within three months of the Scarborough launch many of the town’s businesses had joined up, including leading hotels, restaurants and attractions. The scheme was widely applauded and now a steady stream of Towns and Cities have joined to create a network of communities across the UK bound together by a common wish to offer special recognition and open support to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Present ‘Heroes Welcome’ locations are: Beverley, Blackpool, Sefton, Southport, Bootle, Stirling, West Norfolk, Kings Lynn. Brighton, Hove, Scarborough, Stirling, Holy Island, Bamburgh, Stockport, Kirkham, Weeton, Dorcheste, Swanage, Weston Super Mare, Yorkshire Dales, Lewes, Herriot Country and Guildford. Launching soon are: Bridlington, Whitby, Reading and York.


or members of the RAF family looking for a special break, one of the RAF Association and RAF Benevolent Fund homes could

offer just the kind of rest required.

The three respite care homes – Richard Peck House at Lytham St Annes; Flowerdown House at Weston-super-Mare and Rothbury House in Northumberland are all set in beautiful surroundings and while the homes allow visitors to make new friends and be among like minded people; care and support are always on-hand if needed.

This opportunity has been a real boost to Brian Fearn. A fall from an aircraft wing while serving as a young engine fitter caused severe damage to his spine. Years later he had to have his left leg amputated as a result of the damaged arteries.

It was at Rothbury House that Brian met his wife Marylin, who has become his full-time carer. The trips they make to Rothbury House together give her just the break she needs as

well as allowing Brian to meet with old friends. He said, “The comradeship you get when you see people time and again is really great. The people here are inspirational, and anyone who comes here goes away uplifted.”

A 20% discount is being offered over the Winter months (excluding Christmas and New Year). To find out more or to book a break, contact RAF Association Welfare Manager Patrick Rendall, 0116 268 8774.

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