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Chairman Flies Out To Present Minibus

Published: 07 Aug 2015

Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson, Chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, flew out to Cyprus at the end of July, travelling on the scheduled troop transport from RAF Brize Norton, to perform the official hand-over ceremony for a minibus part-funded by the charity.

A team from RAF Akrotiri submitted a bid to the charity for funding a new minibus to enable service personnel, their dependants and those on deployment to make the most of their downtime in a relatively remote location on the Mediterranean island. 

The Trust agreed to pay £12,400, half the cost of the vehicle, with the remaining money being provided by the British Forces Cyprus Accumulated Welfare Fund (AWF). The minibus was duly purchased in the UK then shipped out to Cyprus where it's already been in use, allowing resident and deployed personnel to enjoy days out enjoying the cultural and leisure activities in the surrounding area. 

Sir Kevin presented the keys to the new minibus to Gp Capt Chaz Kennett, Station Commander Akrotiri. He said: "The RAF Charitable Trust continues to support RAF personnel wherever they are, and the Trustees were pleased to help personnel deployed to Cyprus by funding half the cost of a welfare minibus. This will provide additional opportunities to all ranks and is a much-needed asset, particularly for those away from their families."

Gp Capt Kennett said: "The vehicle can transport up to 17 personnel and it is an ideal economical transport solution for group excursions. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Charitable Trust for this extremely generous contribution."

Following the vehicle handover, Sir Kevin visited a number of other projects that may be seeing support from the Trust, including No 1 (Overseas) Akrotiri Air Cadet Squadron, the operational detachments and the Flying Club.

CAPTION: Sir Kevin Leeson presents the keys to the new minibus to Gp Capt Chaz Kennett, Station Commander Akrotiri.

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