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18 April 2012, 12:26 | Updated: 18 April 2012, 15:44
Oxfordshire has been awarded a £130,000 grant by the Ministry of Defence to build a new RAF themed playground in Carterton.
The Airplay park will serve families living near Brize Norton, home of the RAF’s largest air base, and will feature play equipment shaped like the Hercules transport aircraft (pictured) which operate from the station.
The funding was awarded through the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, as part of a national initiative aiming to improve ties between local communities and the armed forces. The grant is being matched by funding from the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF).
The playground will help to bridge the gap between the two communities, bringing together the military and civilian communities and allowing them to interact on a purpose built play area.
Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said:
“We are delighted that such a generous donation has been made to the Airplay programme at RAF Brize Norton.
“This playground will make a very positive impact on the lives of families based at Brize Norton. We are delighted to be working with the local community on this project so effectively."