Financial donation allows Wellingborough cadets to fly

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A generous donation from the deputy mayor of Wellingborough will allow some of the town’s RAF air cadets to take to the skies this spring.

Six young cadets from the 378 (Mannock) Squadron will experience virtual flying in a state-of-the-art simulator at Sywell Aerodrome in the coming months.

The simulators, used by professional pilots, will give the lucky cadets the chance to fly in realistic conditions, take off, fly and land a commercial plane.

Cllr Graham Lawman donated funds to the squadron during their annual dinner and dance on Saturday, March 14. The donation comes from the Mayor’s Charity Fund, money which is given to directly benefit the community and in this case support young people.

The 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.

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 pilots seat and having a go at flying – if I am honest I am quite keen to have a go myself.”

378 Squadron is open to all young people from Wellingborough and the surrounding areas, and is one of the most active in the organisation with between 60 and 70 cadets. For details go to