Air cadet squadron in Cramlington will spend generous donation on new camping gear

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An air cadet squadron in Northumberland will be able to purchase some much-needed adventure training and camping equipment thanks to a £4,000 grant.

The 242 (Cramlington) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets received the funding, which will also cover a year of running costs for the squadron’s minibus, from Northumberland Freemasons through the Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund.

The equipment will be vital for the squadron’s Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.

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Officer commanding, Flight Lieutenant Robert Armstrong, said: "We are hugely indebted to Northumberland Freemasons for their generous donation.

Flight Lieutenant Robert Armstrong, Gary Breach, and Ian Craigs of Northumberland Freemasons with some of the cadets. (Photo by Highlights PR)Flight Lieutenant Robert Armstrong, Gary Breach, and Ian Craigs of Northumberland Freemasons with some of the cadets. (Photo by Highlights PR)
Flight Lieutenant Robert Armstrong, Gary Breach, and Ian Craigs of Northumberland Freemasons with some of the cadets. (Photo by Highlights PR)

“These initiatives have already had an immediate impact in positively enriching the range and scope of opportunities we are able to offer our cadets.”

Head of Northumberland Freemasons, Ian Craigs, said: “Our young people are our future and we are happy to support their expedition planning activities.

“The work the air cadets do will help them to develop both physically and mentally and prepare them for the challenges ahead.”

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