Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps is making plans to take to the skies this spring, thanks to a generous donation.
Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Graham Lawman, gave the money to enable six young cadets to get realistic flying experience in a state-of-the-art flight simulator.
The simulators, used by professional pilots, will give the lucky cadets the chance to fly in authentic conditions, and take off, fly and land a commercial plane.
The money was donated from the mayor’s charity fund. Fundraising takes place during every mayoral year, before being distributed to deserving causes at the end of the term of office.
Cllr Lawman said: “I’m delighted to be able to use part of the charity fund from my year as mayor to support a successful organisation catering for young people in the borough.
“I was aware of the difficulty in obtaining training flights and felt this was an ideal way to help the cadets get experience.
“Cadets are a credit to both the unit and the borough and, having had a go at this myself, I’m sure they’ll enjoy this flying experience.”
Flight Lieutenant William Kellock, 378 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, said: “The donation from Cllr Lawman is extremely generous and will hugely benefit the cadets in Wellingborough. They work so hard and are looking forward to getting into the pilot’s seat and having a go at flying – if I am honest I am quite keen to have a go myself!”
The lucky cadets taking part will be chosen shortly and will be selected as a thank you for their hard work and commitment to the squadron in 2014.