Generous donations from a UK charity Ulverscroft Foundation have ensured that members of the RAF Association who are visually impaired can remain connected with the wider RAF community.
The Ulverscroft Foundation provides financial grants to organisations which help visually impaired people. In recent years, the Foundation has provided support for Talking Air Mail, an audio version of the Association’s quarterly magazine Air Mail.
Talking Air Mail is tailored to the needs of members of the RAF veteran community who are unable to read the printed version due to illness, disability or impairment.
Chair of the Ulverscroft Foundation Robert Gent said: “We are delighted to be able to support the RAF Association by funding their Talking Air Mail Service in accessible formats. This will enable visually impaired members of the RAF community to access news and information.”
Director of Member, Branch & Wellbeing at the Association Rory O’Connor said: “We are extremely grateful to the Ulverscroft Foundation whose generous contribution means we can continue to bring Talking Air Mail to our members who are visually impaired. Talking Air Mail enables our members to stay connected with the wider RAF community in a way that is accessible and inclusive.”
The need for an audio version of Air Mail was first identified over 20 years ago when one of the Association’s branches became aware that some members could no longer enjoy the magazine or keep in touch with branch activities and fellow members, due to failing eyesight or other health issues, such as strokes and conditions that limit movement.