Foster families enjoy meeting the RAF teams

EAST Sussex County Council has thanked the RAF after dozens of children in care were given a special Airbourne treat.

For the sixth year running the RAF invited East Sussex foster children, their carers and families to have exclusive access to its exhibition area on the Western Lawns at the Airbourne event in Eastbourne.

It meant that more than more than 50 foster families got to see and enjoy the RAF Village area on the exhibition lawns on August 11, before it was opened to the general public.

Once again the children and their families were treated to breakfast from the mobile catering unit and had access to the show displays in the RAF village.

This gave them the chance to discover more about the RAF from a range of exhibits including replica aircraft on the ground including a Hawk, Harrier and a Hercules fuselage.

The young people also had the chance to meet and chat to the RAF personnel taking part in the Airbourne event.

The RAF Village area also included exhibition displays from: Royal Air Force careers, the 3Mobile Catering Squadron, 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Royal Air Force News, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association and the Sussex Wing Air Training Corps.

Cllr Colin Belsey, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families said the County Council’s Fostering Service was very grateful to the RAF.

He said, “Once again we would like to thank the RAF for this very special event.

“Every year they invite our foster families to have exclusive access to their display area.

“The young people and their families always have a brilliant time and this year was no exception.”

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