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Surrey Wing Gets Set For Paddle Power

Published: 11 Jan 2016   updated: 12 Apr 2016

Paddle power is now the order of the day for Surrey Wing cadets, with members of 1349 (Woking) Sqn taking charge of a brand-new fleet of kayaks to be used by the Wing, largely financed  with grant aid of £5,000 from the RAF Charitable Trust.

Trustee Ian Beresford attended the Squadron's annual inspection and award ceremony on December 3, where the kayaks were officially handed over to the youngsters. The evening included a screening of a video showing the launch of the kayaks, proudly emblazoned with the logo of the Trust, and the good use to which they've been put. 

Officer Commanding Flt Lt Ben White said: "With the support of the RAF Charitable Trust, 1349 (Woking) Squadron has now added a further activity to its programme of adventure training. Utilising a significant grant from the charity, the squadron has been able to purchase eight kayaks, spray decks, buoyancy aids, air bags, paddles and helmets, enabling them - and the rest of Surrey Wing - to enjoy kayaking sessions on a regular basis. 

"The grant means cadets now have the opportunity to gain nationally-recognised certificates, enhancing personal confidence and self esteem and, with regular practice, to improve their wellbeing, sense of achievement and levels of fitness." 

He added: "The kit is being stored at the Woking HQ, and we're aiming to offer kayaking to at least 550 young people in the next year. Many thanks to the Charitable Trust for making this new venture possible."

CAPTION: Flt Lt Ben White is pictured shaking hands with Trustee Ian Beresford of the RAF Charitable Trust at the official presentation of the new kayaks.

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