Army families enjoy day out at theme park

Thursday 26th April 2012 10:00 pm
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A group of youngsters whose parents are serving in the military enjoyed a day out at Oakwood Theme Park over the Easter holidays.

The 35 youngsters from Surrey and Hampshire visited the Pembrokeshire park as part of a week of activities organised by the Army Welfare Service.

Many of the children, who are aged between nine and 15, have parents serving in Afghanistan.

The event was arranged by AWS community development worker, Finola Pickwell.

Prior to joining the Army Welfare Service, Finola was a youth worker with Bridgend Youth Service in South Wales for eight years.

"It was a great day out, the weather was brilliant and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves," she said.

"We chose to come to Oakwood because we were looking for a day out that suited all ages. These types of trips are really important for the children because it gives their parents a break and gives the children a sense of independence

"It also allows them a chance to try new activities that they might not normally get the opportunity to access and helps them to forget about their service lives for a few short days!" added Finola.

The Army Welfare Service is a Ministry of Defence organisation which provides help, support and advice for military personnel and their families.

Oakwood Theme Park's Anthony Crowdie said: "It was lovely to be able to welcome Finola, her helpers and the youngsters to the park.

"Military families have to endure a huge amount and this visit was the perfect way for the children to let off steam and just enjoy themselves without worrying for a few hours," he added.

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