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Trust Funds High Climbers with £10k Grant

Published: 16 Apr 2015

Service personnel at RAF Honington in Suffolk are scaling new heights with a brand-new indoor climbing wall, partly funded by the RAF Charitable Trust.

The Gloucestershire charity awarded a grant of £10,343.20, with the money paying for the safety surface at the base of the wall and premium equipment including ropes and harnesses.

The state-of-the-art facility, in the Jimmy James Hangar, was officially opened by Station Commander Gp Capt Mick Smeath, with the RAF Charitable Trust being represented by Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. David Murray.

The climbing wall is already in use by students, civil servants, Service families, local youth groups and the RAF Regiment Recruitment and Selection Flight, and the RAF Honington Climbing Club has now been established, running two sessions per week, with the aim of building a team to compete in the RAF Climbing Championships in May. 

Flt Lt Andy England said: "I would very much like to extend my gratitude to all at the Charitable Trust who helped to make this facility possible. The wall has already proved hugely popular, with the club already having 60 paying members and up to 30 people attending each evening climbing session. We have attracted interest from other stations, with the RAF Marham climbing team being regular visitors, and the wall has also featured in Air Cadet camps, adding a great dynamic to their activity programmes."

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