We love working with other charities supporting Forces families, and The Ripple Pond is a charity we admire and are very happy to work with. Here, founder of The Ripple Pond, Julia Molony, shares her story…. Why I set up The Ripple Pond Julia Molony, Founder of The Ripple Pond In 2009 my second son, Anthony, deployed to Afghanistan. This was his 6th tour of duty in seven years. On 21 May I received a phone call from Anthony’s wife to say he had been seriously injured when his vehicle had detonated an IED. Thankfully I have a very [...]
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Our guest blogger, children’s author S.P. Moss, shares memories of her RAF childhood and the books that became ‘home’. She is kindly giving two signed copies of her books, The Bother in Burmeon and The Al-Eden Emergency, to Reading Force families. See our Facebook page for giveaway details. Home is where the books are My brother and me (cool sunglasses!) in Aden, 1960s I learned to read in Aden, back in the far-off days of the 1960s. According to my mum, once I started, I didn’t stop. I read on Tarshyne Beach, which was usually so hot it wasn’t [...]
Free seminar at Kingston University – March 22nd 2019 Photo credit: Neil Hanna Photography At Reading Force we support Forces families, and draw wider attention to the special circumstances that are part of their world – but not necessarily understood by others. Forces families tend to be off the general radar. Although there is an annual reminder on 11th November, for much of the year there are those who live the experience of being in the Forces and those who don’t, and the overlap is not large. Forces people tend to be independent, self-contained, and disinclined to complain. And [...]
Founder of Reading Force, Alison Baverstock, reflects on her long-lasting Forces friendships, the next generation, and a new year’s resolution… We spent New Year with family friends in France. The original friendship, between us and a couple we met when we were both posted by the Army to Wiltshire, has been maintained by the next generation and we were there with their eldest child, herself a member of the Forces, her friends and our daughter. Everyone in the group of ten had a link with the Military, either currently serving or having grown up as the child of a Serviceperson – [...]
We send books to Forces families all year round to enjoy sharing, whether a family is together at home or separated by deployment or training. But with Christmas fast approaching, we’re especially thinking about families who will have a loved one away from home on Christmas day and through the holiday season. Over this festive period, we’re aiming to send around 1,000 books to help families just that little bit. Here, four mums share their situations and thoughts on Christmas in the military and how books and sharing stories across the miles can help... Sian and four year old daughter Amelie [...]