HRFCA grant helps to raise Squadron’s profile

July 8, 2020
PR gazebo

RAF Air Cadets in Stonehaven have taken delivery of their new PR kit, including a gazebo, feather flags and a branded table.

The equipment will help raise the profile of 1297 Squadron during events and ceremonies.

Squadron Training Officer Flight Sergeant Greg Donaldson gratefully received the kit.

The total cost was £1900, with the squadron raising money towards the project through local bag packs. HRFCA made up the difference by providing a £1200 grant.

Although lockdown has put the brakes on the kit being used at the moment, Flight Sergeant Donaldson put it together in his back garden to ensure everything was correct. Fortunately, he was accompanied by good weather and his three-year-old Chocolate Lab Tucker.

The Squadron is planning on using the equipment for the first time at an award ceremony late in October. The event will see the Squadron presented with the Marshall Trophy for the most improved Squadron in the Air Training Corps.

The Squadron’s unofficial mascot Tucker proudly sitting in front of the gazebo.

The complete kit – supplied by TFH Gazebos – included a 4.5m x 3m gazebo, two feather flags and a branded table.

The gazebo all set up in Flight Sergeant Donaldson’s garden.

Squadron OC, Flight Lieutenant George Stephen, said: “The Squadron is really excited to take delivery of its new PR kit. We attend lots of public events every year and this kit will allow us to better showcase our Squadron and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.”

The back of the gazebo, built by Flight Sergeant Donaldson.

To find out more about 1297 (Stonehaven) Squadron, click here.