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New Trustee Gets Air Cadets Back on the Road

Published: 10 May 2016

The RAF Charitable Trust's newest Trustee Sarah Jones has stepped out in her debut role on behalf of the charity.

Former British Aerospace Chief of Staff Sarah made her first grant presentation at Greater Manchester Wing when she handed over the keys to a brand new combi-van.

As one of the largest wings in the Air Cadets, the need to transport people and equipment to activities and events at GM Wing is paramount, but their best efforts have been continually hampered by the lack of vehicles.

Activity and training organisation had become increasingly difficult in recent times, with just one very in-demand Squadron minibus to be shared out, so the GM Wing team were delighted when the RAFCT awarded them a £12,750 grant to fund the purchase - half of the entire cost of the vehicle.
As an essential support vehicle, the new van will be used in service of the Wing's thirty seven squadrons on regional and national training, activities and camps, all of which are intended to enhance the cadet experience.

Around 1400 cadets and a further 344 staff will reap the rewards of having the new vehicle in the support fleet, and they are already putting the new addition to good use.

Trustee Sarah presented the keys to Wing Commander David Archibald at a ceremony held at the Wing Headquarters in Manchester city centre and took the opportunity to meet cadets from the wing. 

"The Trustees were thrilled to support this project for Greater Manchester Wing. The enthusiasm from cadets willing to contribute is evident," said Sarah. 

"The vehicle looks smart and it is a professional way of raising the profile of the Air Cadets, RAF and the Charitable Trust. We hope it will be greatly used by everyone in the wing."

On receipt of the keys for the combi-van, Wing Commander Archibald said: "The vehicle can transport up to seven personnel and has eight cubic meters of load space. This makes it an ideal mode of transport for our wing HQ and the squadrons.

"Being a new vehicle we will benefit from an economical and smooth ride. Without the backing of the RAF Charitable Trust it would not have been possible to make this project a reality. My thanks go to them and the team who worked hard on the project."  

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