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GCHQ thanks families of staff for their support

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2016
Family Day event gives loved ones the chance to learn more about our work.

News article - 19 Sept 2016

GCHQ Cheltenham welcomed more than 18,500 relatives of members of staff to Family Events across three weekends this summer.

The last of the events took place this weekend. The aim of Family Day was to thank our families for their incredible support as we carry out our work to keep Britain safe, and to show how proud we are of our staff.


People looking at the historical exhibits
©GCHQ 2016


Robert Hannigan, Director GCHQ,  said, “Family Days are above all a chance to say thank you to our families, who support us in all that we do. They also allow GCHQ to show the value of what we do and the challenges we face. They help us look back, with thanks, at what we have achieved and also to look ahead - which can even include motivating future generations to consider GCHQ as a career option. These events are hugely important and worth the enormous effort that goes into them. I also know from my own visit on one of the last days, and from the letters I've received, just how much the visitors appreciate them."

Volunteers ran a huge variety of stands that showcased the variety of work undertaken by GCHQ, and while the details of our work must always remain secret, the event gave our families a rare insight into what their loved ones do to protect the country.

As well as the serious messages about our work, there were also games and activities designed for all ages to enjoy. There were stands on behalf of charities supported by staff, including Severn Freewheelers and Elizabeth’s Footprint.

And of course, there were cakes!


Disarmed missiles and a rocket launcher
©GCHQ 2016