The aim of the Association is to provide an opportunity for PTIs to get together regardless of specialisations rank or status, to renew old friendships and provide a welfare link through our Area Representatives. It is our chance to meet as one and reflect our common bond.
The present incumbent Welfare officer is Dave Percy supported by the Secretary, all elected Association Officers and the whole membership. The basic aim of the Welfare element is the swift communication of welfare matters to members or organizations in an attempt to assist people who might not be in as fortunate a position as most of us.
RAF PTI ASSOCIATION AGM 2013 WELFARE OFFICER’S REPORT
1. Since the last AGM on 21 Apr 2012, I record with sadness the passing of the following personnel:
Mr Geoff Barry Nov 2012 (President)
Mr R Douglas Aug 2012
2. The passing of our President Geoff Barry was duly marked with the parading of the Association Standard most ably done by John Weedon and well attended by Association Members.
3. Mr R Douglas was not a well known member of the Association and we only heard of his death some time after the event. Contact was made with his widow through a third party and guidance given as to major Service Charities able to assist if necessary.
4. Vic Probert has not been at all well this last year with illness and accidents. He is now recovering after his last upset at Stavely Centre Care Home, Chesterfield, 01629-533040 (Satnav S43 3NQ), and he would most welcome visits from any Association Members or friends. We have sent best wishes to him from the Association on several occasions and I am most grateful to Geoff Fortnam and Geoff Waller for their constant updates on his condition.
5. All too often we hear of Members passing, illness or hardship etc, long after the event. I would therefore urge Members learning of any situations adversely affecting other Members to relay the information to the Secretary, Welfare Officer or the Association Area Representative as soon as possible in order that we can pass on the information and assist where possible.
6. Once again I wish to record a huge vote of thanks to Roy Rigg (and Maureen) for most professionally bearing the PTI Standard when requested. As you all know Roy continues to do sterling work for other military Associations and is still a very active participant in repatriation ceremonies for servicemen/women killed on active duty overseas.
Note: The HM Armed Forces “Veterans Badge” is available free to anyone who has served in the forces. Details of application (service number and dates of service only, required) can be found on the website www.veterans-uk.info and follow the link “Service records, medals and badges” to apply or download an application form.