After three years’ hard fundraising by cadets, staff and committee members, 57 (Potter Bar) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) now has its own minibus.
The brand-new vehicle was officially handed over to the Squadron on 10 May 2016 at their Headquarters in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar.
The Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Tony Cunningham RAFVR(T) said “having access to our own vehicle will make it a lot easier for us to take cadets to the many training opportunities that the ATC offers.” He added that “this is a great way for us to mark this year’s 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets and will allow our cadets to travel to their flying, adventure training, sport and many other activities they enjoy. One of the first uses for the vehicle will be to take cadets on a visit to 57(R) Squadron RAF as part of an association between our two Squadrons”.
After the presentation, the Chairman of the Squadron’s Civilian Committee Raio Ahamat said that “the Squadron is very grateful to West Herts Charity Trust for providing a sizable donation and allowing completion of the purchase; the Trust’s 67th minibus donation. This is a big step forward for the Squadron and I must also thank our Squadron Secretary, Liz Kane, for researching some of the additional funding available”.
Also present at the event was Potters Bar Councillor Cynthia Barker representing Hertsmere Borough Council as some of the funds came in the form of grant aid from the Council.