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"It gets harder as you go along"

RAF wife Miriam Hanna shares her experiences of caring for her husband who has dementia and how the RAF Benevolent Fund has been able to make life that little bit easier.

MIriam Hanna National Service PMH RAF Benevolent Fund

Bob Hanna is a proud RAF veteran, having completed two years' National Service as a storesman.

Now the 86-year-old needs someone to step up for him, as he once did for his country.

Bob began developing Alzheimer's around six years ago. He remains at home, thanks to the care his wife of 18 years is able to give.

Miriam, 82, explained: "It gets harder as you go along. It is not an easy illness to deal with.

"We have a quiet life, a gentleman comes to give me some respite and I have the support of our families."

The couple recently enjoyed a trip to Princess Marina House, the Fund's care and respite centre on the South Coast, as they had not had any time away in the last five years.

Miriam said: "It was a marvellous place. I have never known anything like it before. I have been in hotels but they were kind and so helpful.

"You only had to mention that you were in need of something and they went and got it for you. I cannot thank the staff enough."

Miriam and Bob enjoyed their time at Princess Marina House so much they have already booked another break, planning to return at Christmas time.

We launched a nationwide campaign to find more RAF veterans like Bob and Miriam who may not realise they are eligible for support from the Fund. Our research tells us there are 300,000 RAF veterans in need who may not know they're eligible for support.

To refer a veteran or request support for yourself, please contact us or call 0300 102 1919.

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