Cadets and staff from the 1188 Coalville Air Squadron are celebrating after receiving a £10,000 grant towards new training equipment.
The squadron received the money through North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) £20,000-for-Seven scheme, which provides funding to worthy community projects.
The 1188 Coalville Air Squadron is the latest to benefit from the scheme, and has used its grant to bring their training equipment up to date, to the benefit of all involved.
In total £240,000 has been handed out through round one of the council’s £20,000-for-seven scheme, which saw the public vote for the North West Leicestershire projects they felt were most deserving of help.
Other projects that have benefitted include Castle Donington Bowls Club which built a new pavilion, the Kegworth Village Hall Management Committee which funded a new community Hub and Castle Donington Parish Council which funded a new MUGA (multi use games area).
Councillor John Cotterill, Chairman of NWLDC at the time of the grant presentation, said: “Providing the young people of today with adequate support, training, resources and up to date technology to help them succeed and achieve in later life is so important.
“I am pleased that the squadron have recognised that by supporting and encouraging their cadets this will give them a firm foundation and many opportunities in the future.
“I have been shown the excellent equipment the squadron has purchased with funding received and I can safely say that the district council is very pleased to have supported this through the £20,000 for Seven grant programme.”
Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Rebekah Harrison-Page RAF VR(T), said: "The squadron is really grateful for all the funding, it is allowing the squadron to move with the times.
“We owe it to our cadets to provide them with high quality training that will help them in adult life, whatever career they choose.”
The £20,000-for-seven funding comes largely from North West Leicestershire District Council, along with further support from East Midlands Airport, the Florence Turner Trust, Major Bream, Moto in the Community, the Sir Andrew Martin Charitable Trust, the Helen Jean Cope Charity, the J Reginald Corah Foundation Fund, the P & C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust, and the Loughborough Police Station Tuck Shop Charity Fund.
Image: Cadets and staff from the 1188 Coalville Air Squadron using some of the new equipment. Taken by Alistair Langham from The Studio 17.