When Bryan knew that he would be spending the next year working away from home, he turned to the RAF Association’s Storybook Wings project to make weekday bedtimes easier for his son Bradan.
Bryan went on detachment to RAF Halton as part of the detached stress management and resilience training team. He spent 12 months delivering stress management briefings to all RAF promotion courses and Phase One recruits at Recruit Training Squadron and Initial Officer Training. In this period his family, including eight-year-old son Bradan, stayed in the family home. The separation was a struggle for Bryan, Bradan and his wife Trish. However, Trish knew of the Storybook Wings project where RAF parents can record a bedtime story for their child to listen to when the serving parent is away from home.
Bryan said of the experience: “It was surprisingly easy. I like to bring the stories to life for Bradan, and as much as I can bring different voices to the characters. So, I made sure I did that for the recording.”
Bradan and Bryan are fans of Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ and they are a firm bedtime favourite when Bryan is home. It made Bryan’s decision over what to record a lot easier. He chose Revolting Rhymes favourites ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.