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Gateway School children proudly open new RAFBF funded play park

Recently, the RAF Benevolent Fund and RAF Brize Norton were pleased to announce the official opening of a brand new play park in Halton Road, Carterton.

Situated in the midst of a large number of service families' accommodation, and at the entrance to Gateway Primary School, the new play park is a welcome addition for all those that reside nearby.

Play Park at Halton Road, Carterton

The area surrounding the new facility was recently the focus of an analysis of the community's needs, and it was here that the need for a new play park was identified, to enrich the lives of those who use it.

The Community Development Officer at RAF Brize Norton, Jenny Withers, sourced funding from the community covenant, and after a generous contribution from the RAF Benevolent Fund, the project was delivered.  

Children from Gateway School proudly opened the park; alongside attendees including Paul Hewson, Regional Director from the Fund, Squadron Leader Stu Smith, OC PMS, and Councillor Lynn Little, Mayor of Carterton; with Gateway pupil Grace Khazir cutting the ribbon.

The play park forms part of the RAF Benevolent Fund's Airplay project, a £24 million youth support programme for RAF families, providing a huge range of facilities, equipment and activities for children and young people across RAF stations nationwide.

Mayor Lynn Little commented: "The play park is fantastic with high quality equipment suitable for each age group.

"I am delighted to be invited to the opening and to see first-hand all of the children enjoying the facility. It is a superb facility to have in the town and is open to the whole community. It is another example of the continued support that RAF Brize Norton and the RAF Benevolent Fund give to this town."

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