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Cadets Ready To Roam With Transport Of Delight

Published: 07 Dec 2015


Cadets of 485 (Harborne & Quinton) Sqn, in Birmingham, are ready to roam after taking ownership of a new minibus, partly funded by a grant of £6,179 from the RAF Charitable Trust.

With the squadron's old minibus beginning to show its age, the unit applied for a grant from the Trust, and the Trustees agreed to pay for over half the cost of the vehicle, with the remaining money being raised by members of the squadron.

The new vehicle will now provide safe transport for cadets and staff, enabling them to take part in a range of experiences including visits to RAF stations and aviation heritage trips. So far the minibus has already taken cadets to a Wing swimming event, Wing and regional hockey and football trials, and to Air Experience Flights at RAF Cosford. 

The keys to the minibus were presented by Trustee Alan Smith at a presentation ceremony at the Sqn home at the Tennal Grange in Harborne.  Mr Smith had previously visited the squadron to assess the need for improved transportation.

He said: "During my first visit to the squadron, I was very impressed with the commitment of the whole team. On my return visit it was, therefore, a huge pleasure to be able to see at first hand the results of the grant from the RAF Charitable Trust.  I know that the minibus will be put to good use and look forward to hearing more about the squadron's activities in the coming months."

Officer Commanding, Warrant Officer Richard Coates, said: "The RAF Charitable Trust has greatly supported the squadron in helping replace the old minibus which has been used over the past 10 years.

He added: "485 Squadron ATC are now planning a visit to the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford in February, and a trip to Dover to watch the Channel Relay swim event and to visit Dover Castle. With 2016 being the 75th anniversary year of the Air Cadet Organisation we're now looking forward to attending many of the anniversary events, something that's now possible with the support of the Trust; we're very grateful for the assistance the Trust has provided, and looks forward to enjoying the advantages this vehicle will bring to the cadets for years to come."

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