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Wing Commander Andrew Bland is the BOSS of the 'Royal Bear Force' which has been set up following the launch of a children's book in honour of our son, Andrew Bland, who died from suicide. "AB Gets His Wings" is a story book about a teddy bear who, for many, many years had sat on a shelf in the toy store without being picked to go and play with the boys and girls!
He finally gets picked from the shelf and is sent off on his adventures which takes him to some very exciting places.
All of AB's adventures take him to see boys and girls to encourage them to talk about their worries and problems. We are also linked in with the Literacy Trust of the UK to raise awareness of literacy.
During this terrible pandemic we have seen children's mental health and wellbeing suffer dramatically especially during the dark winter days where they have been stuck at home without seeing friends and family and that has prompted our team to get back out on the road again!
With the help from some AMAZING new friends, our 'un-sung' hero's, Air Ambulance, Police Air Support, Coastguards and many other units, we are starting an adventure like no other where AB will travel around the country spreading his message to the children to TALK, TALK, TALK. At the same time it will encourage both you and old that IT IS OK NOT TO BE OK as long as you start a conversation. That conversation could save someone's life!
During this tour we will promote both local and national charities who are constantly battling to raise awareness and funds to help people out during sad times and also all those boys and girls that go out of their way to save our lives day after day.
We will be visiting some very special friends along the way at various RAF Stations that have supported us in the past and attend events that are close to our hearts.
We aim to complete all this during the spring, summer and then on into autumn where the final stage will be a visit to No10 where the 'Royal Bear Force' will meet the 'Boss' and have a teddy bears picnic with him!
At the end of this AMAZING journey we will be setting up 'The Andrew Bland Foundation' please help us to reach this goal!
For more more information about WCAB and 'AB Gets His Wings' please take a look at our web site www.wcab.co.uk and also follow our journey on Twitter @Richard98217326
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