In celebration of its 75th anniversary, The Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadets 1069 Flight Refuelling Wimborne Squadron is celebrating being awarded a £3,000 donation from the grant-giving charity, Talbot Village Trust.
Based in Wimborne, the air cadet unit is dedicated to supporting young people by providing training in aspects of flight to an RAF standard. Cadets also have the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The donation has enabled its flight simulator to be taken to new heights with the installation of up-to-date software for squadron training.
Talbot Village Trust trustee, Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, said: ‘‘I am pleased that the squadron chose to come to the Trust for help to update their facilities.
‘‘The Wimborne Squadron teaches a number of young people the importance of discipline and also a range of highly complex skills. It is important for the community to continue to have the squadron as a stepping stone to a potential career in the RAF.’’
Flight lieutenant Nigel Winton, commanding officer explained: ‘‘This funding has allowed us to invest in updating software that was very much needed to continue to offer RAF training of the highest standard to our cadets.
‘‘In our 75th year, we are grateful that the Trust has allowed us to maintain the training which those before us have historically provided.’’
Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trust meet again in November. Visit www.talbotvillagetrust.co.uk for more information.