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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity providing practical, financial and emotional support to all members of the RAF family, from childhood through to old age. We help with issues from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement.

Appreciation For Denise Theodosiou By Dennis Weeden


During my last three years at high school and the first few months of my first job, I lived with Aunty Denise in North End, Bulawayo. Aunty was working full time, had her mother to care for at home and was supporting her son David at university in Cape Town. There was enough demand on her time and resources. . It was a difficult time in my life when she took me into her home, but it was the start of what was to be one of the happiest periods of my life. My faltering school work and general unhappiness became a thing of the past and 7 Forbes Avenue became a great place to be. Looking back I think I tested her resolve a little when I dented her Austin on my first licensed outing, regularly crashed my bicycle and practiced my electric guitar. She helped me purchase the guitar at an auction. But why did she send me to dancing lessons? Aunty managed it all in her very composed and gentle way and everything always looked under control, to me. Her unconditional love, encouragement and support were the foundations from which I was able to enjoy my final school days and challenges, make friends and start my first job.

That was the beginning, not the end of the times we had together. My mother and Aunty were the agents that brought Jacqueline and I to meet. When Jackie and I were married four years later in 1974, Aunty provided her home in Bulawayo to my in-laws from London. For the next four or so years, during most weekends and on special occasions, we got together at my parents home in Hillside, where Sunday roasts were not to be missed. In 1981, when my family and I were living in South Africa, we visited Aunty in Bulawayo and stayed for four days. In later years, with our three daughters, we spent memorable days with her in Port Elizabeth, where we crammed into her small flat. When she moved to Scotland we were very happy because she would be near David and family. In August 2008 Jackie and I visited Aunty at Alastrean House in beautiful Scotland. Aunty Denise was like a second mother to me and a wonderful friend of the family.

Added on: 22nd April 2011

 

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