Airfix teams up with RAF Airplay kids project

Lewis Tyler

By Lewis Tyler

April 19th 2012 at 11:35AM
Airfix teams up with RAF Airplay kids project

Hornby's model brand has helped fund children's rockers in RAF play areas.

Airfix has helped provide a series of children’s rockers for the The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund's £24 million programme, Airplay. 

The first rockers can be found at RAF St Mawgan, which opened last week. There are further parks being built around the country.

As part of Airplay over £13 million has already been spent constructing Airplay childcare centres at 28 RAF stations, providing 1,800 places for children in 2010.

Martin Henshaw, regional director of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “RAF children face unique challenges. Families move around the country as operations demand, often to stations in isolated, rural locations where children must make new friends and start at new schools. Parents can deploy overseas for extended periods at short notice, sometimes to war zones which can put strain on the family.

Darrell Burge, marketing manager for Airfix said; “Hornby Hobbies with its iconic Airfix brand are proud to be involved in the fund-raising for Airplay park, specifically the children’s aircraft-themed rockers.  We hope that thousands of children will enjoy playing on these brilliant toys, but still leave some energy left to go inside and build the odd kit or two!  We look forward to continuing our wonderful relationship with the RAFBF to raise even more for the important work of the Airplay project.

“That’s why we have developed the Airplay programme. By giving young people access to state-of-the-art facilities and organised, safe activities, we can take some of the pressure off RAF parents – at home and on the front line.”

In December, Airfix was involved in the renovation of a kids bedroom at an RAF holiday retreat