A small grant from one of the north east’s biggest housing associations has helped Royal Air Force Air Cadets in Bishop Auckland buy a new minibus.
The 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets now have their own transport thanks to a huge fund-raising drive and a small grant from County Durham Housing Group. The 12 to 20-year old cadets will now be able to go on training sessions and expeditions without relying on hired minibuses for the first time.
The squadron have raised tens-of-thousands of pounds through a huge range of activities in the area. County Durham Housing Group boosted their efforts with £500 from its ‘County Durham Housing Group community grant’ community funding programme.
The new minibus was unveiled at a presentation evening for the cadets at the squadron’s Eden Armoury base in Bishop Auckland.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Pepper RAFAC, Officer Commanding 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron said: “Eighteen months ago it was only a wish to own a squadron minibus, however thanks to the hard work of the cadets and all of our donors we now have the use of a great minibus.”
County Durham Housing Group Funding Officer, Damian Pearson, said: “It was a privilege to meet some of the cadets who will benefit from this new minibus. Their commitment and pride in what they do was clear for all to see.
“Our contribution was just one small part of the fundraising effort, but it was great to be able to support an organisation that makes such a positive impact on the young people involved.”
The application process for ‘County Durham Housing Group grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure local groups don’t wait for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the areas served by County Durham Housing Group is eligible for the scheme. Applications are welcome from groups in most of east Durham, central Durham and Weardale, plus towns and villages like Pity Me, Bishop Auckland and Sherburn.
Full details of the County Durham Housing Group grant scheme are available here.