Cash boost is helping squadron’s members

Longbenton air cadets working on an engine.
Longbenton air cadets working on an engine.

A squadron is flying high after receiving a cash boost.

Youngsters and staff at Longbenton Air Cadets are celebrating after a grant from the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

The money helped fund training and development, during which cadets took their own programme into the community to help others gain skills and qualifications.

RAFCT Trustee Alan Smith said: “The squadron is extremely well organised. I am very happy to pass on the squadron’s gratitude to the Trustees.”

In May, the 50-strong unit applied for financial support to secure training resources for Operation Seneca, the Squadron’s Training and Development Programme.

The aim was to help young people realise their potential by gaining qualifications, and to make a difference in their community.

The equipment is being put to good use with the cadets creating The 2344 Offer, with members visiting local schools and youth groups to run leadership, STEM and aerospace activities and sports.

Cadet Emilia Ross, 15, from Killingworth, said: “The support from the Charitable Trust has changed the way we do our activities; they’re all active, fun and challenging and we can use what we learn at school and in life.”

Cadet Alexander Sample, 15, of Benton, added, “I really enjoy working on the engineering and electronics projects. It’s great fun to be with your friends and learn so much.”

Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said: “I sincerely thank the RAF Charitable Trust for its kind generosity, support and backing.

“The Trust funding for Operation Seneca helped us create a challenging learning environment that promotes fun, progress and achievement to prepare our young people for the future.”

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