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Trust funding improves morale of deployed personnel

Published: 13 Jan 2017

A new tea bar, fully equipped with a vending machine and DVD player, is set to improve the working environment for a squadron of deployed personnel in California.

17 (Reserve) Squadron, stationed at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) on a long-term positing, have been presented with a £2,985 grant from the RAF Charitable Trust following their application for funding to help cover the costs of a tea bar start up.

The money has helped to fund a vending machine and water dispenser for the respite room, alongside a range of smaller appliances, including a fan, microwave and DVD player. The remaining funds were used to purchase squadron bicycles, which enable personnel to travel between station buildings quickly and easily.

SAC (T) Jacob Evans said: "We had already begun purchasing furnishings for the tea bar but funds quickly dried up, so this additional support is greatly appreciated. All of these appliances will make an enormous difference to the squadron's well-being; for example, the water here is not suitable to drink if it's not filtered, and it can get unbearably hot over here, so the provision of an osculating fan and a water dispenser is indispensable. 

"I speak for everyone here at 17 (R) Squadron when I say that we are extremely grateful to the Trust for this grant. They have helped to provide the perfect place where people can come to relax and recuperate on their breaks, which will really help to improve the welfare and morale of the squadron - something which is so important when they are deployed so far from their families and homes ."

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