RAFA help distribute free books

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MEMBERS of the Whitby branch of the RAF Association were among thousands of people throughout the country chosen to distribute free books on World Book Night.

Whitby RAFA branch secretary and welfare officer Phyllis Walker and assistant welfare officers Nicholas and Susan Harty attended the organisation’s Northern Area RAFA annual meeting in Blackpool.

Susan and Phyllis gave out their allocation of free books at a reunion dance at the meeting.

Later, Susan said: “One young man who said he loved a good read told me his book would travel the furthest because he intended to take it back to Afghanistan with him and put it in the squadron library for others to enjoy when he finished it.”

The members are hoping to recruit more people to the Whitby RAFA branch. Meetings are held on the first Friday of alternate months at the Air Cadet Headquarters behind Caedmon School at 12 noon.

A buffet lunch at a small charge follows a short business meeting and anyone interested in joining would be welcome.

Membership offers companionship and a range of benefits for current and former RAF personnel, their families and anyone interested in their aims.

Members also raise funds for the RAFA Wings Appeal to provide respite breaks, Story Book Wings which are bedtime stories recorded by parents serving overseas for their children at home and a range of facilities including cyber cafes, and phone cards.

The next meeting of the branch is on 1 April. Anyone interested in joining should contact (01287) 633722 or (01947) 810734.