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RAF Scampton Airplay get active to help celebrate RAF98

Youngsters taking part in the RAF Benevolent Fund's Airplay scheme at RAF Scampton took on a swimming and a walking challenge to raise funds for the charity.

RAF Scampton, based in the home of military aviation, Lincolnshire, has a long association of supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund. As the Fund looks to celebrate the RAF's 98th birthday,, RAF Scampton’s Airplay programme is also proudly helping to celebrate in their own way.

RAF Scampton's Airplay at the Bomber Command Memorial

First up was Airplay Scampton's attempt to swim the distance of the English Channel in a swimming pool. With sponsored laps undertaken by 13 youngsters, a wonderful amount of money was raised on the day.

The second activity saw 10 youngsters take a trip to London. Wearing pedometers to count their steps, the kids were sponsored for the number of steps they walked during the entire trip, from RAF Scampton to London, and back again. During the trip the youngsters also made a fitting visit to the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, funded and maintained by the RAF Benevolent Fund. In total the group walked over 21km, with an average of 30,142 steps each.

Ben Huddlestone, 14, who attends Airplay, commented: "If we didn’t raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund there would be no money for clubs like ours and we would have nowhere to go."

Molly Burton, 16, echoed the same sentiments: "Our youth club enables us to meet other young people in the area and gives us a safe place to be - the trips allow us to go out with other young people and have fun. It's important to give something back by doing a little fundraising."

"Through the RAF Benevolent Fund providing the Airplay programme our young people at Scampton have been able to work with the community," commented Lisa Bailey, RAF Scampton Youth Worker.

"They are passionate about making the community a better place to live for everyone. As a youth worker I feel it’s important to teach the young people the importance of giving something back, this is why they are always eager to join in the annual fundraiser for the Fund.

To find out more about Airplay, please visit www.rafbf.org/airplay.

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