Andrea Nash, along with her husband David, served in the RAF for a number of years before she was devastated to learn that she was to be discharged on medical grounds, following an injury sustained while on duty.
Following her discharge, Andrea became a learning mentor in her local school, and both she and her husband continued to be active in the ATC. In 2000, Andrea collapsed – she was to remain in hospital for three months. She was subsequently diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, causing her to have little energy and muscular weakness.In 2011, Andrea collapsed again, this time on ATC parade. Another three months in hospital saw Andrea further diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Weakness.
Living with illnesses that restricted her mobility and left her with great difficulty to perform even the most basic everyday tasks, Andrea was forced to sleep downstairs, but she had no access to washing facilities in her home.
Turned down for assistance by Social Services, the RAF Association helped Andrea access financial support towards the cost of converting a utility room into a wetroom. This has made an enormous difference to Andrea’s quality of life.
Andrea said: “Now I have my freedom back. It may seem like a small thing to many people, but being able to use the bathroom unaided means so much to me.”Andrea and David are so grateful for the support they received that they asked for donations to the RAF Association in lieu of gifts for their silver wedding anniversary celebrations.