Fairford-based RAF Charitable Trust receives award for innovation Featured

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A FAIRFORD charity has been recognised for the work they do encouraging future generations of airmen and women in the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The RAF Charitable Trust were presented with the inaugural Ann Vanderhaeghen Award for Innovation at the 2017 European Airshow Council (EAC) convention.

The award recognised the Trust’s efforts in inspiring and encouraging the next generation of aviation-minded individuals in the UK.

Andy Armstrong, chief executive at RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, accepted the award on behalf of the Trust.

He said: “I was delighted to accept the award alongside Commandant of the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

“Ever since the Trust was established in 2005 it has forged strong relations with the ACO, supporting a wide range of aviation-related initiatives.

“Through the Enterprises company, the Trust organises the annual Royal International Air Tattoo which provides air cadets with their biggest and most eagerly anticipated summer camp each year.”

The Trust recently reached a significant milestone, having passed the £4m mark for grants they’ve made for a wide range of projects and initiatives in support of the RAF family.

“Over the years, more than £1m has been spent supporting the air cadets on expeditions, through the provision of equipment and flying opportunities as well as providing sponsorships designed to inspire in them a passion for aviation,” continued Mr Armstrong.

“In 2016, the Trust provided a grant of £50,000 to fund special celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the ACO at RAF Cranwell.”

For information on the RAF Charitable Trust, how to apply for a grant or to donate money, visit rafct.com

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