Neston and District Community Fund is backing an innovative project to enhance the lives of young people in the area.

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, 2375 (Neston) Squadron aims to promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the RAF, provide training which will be useful in the Services a civilian life, encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

Neston and District Community Fund has supported a project that will run throughout the summer and will see the building of a two-seated single engine plane flight simulator, which will be used to teach cadets about controls, instruments and good airmanship.

This training will bring to life the youngsters’ theory lessons and maximise the training value when they get the chance to fly.

A £1,000 grant was awarded to the project by the Neston and District Community Fund, which supports community and voluntary groups in Neston and the immediate surrounding area. The fund was created in 2015 by Phillip Bates & Co Chartered Accountants, Clive Watkin Partnership, Rightway and G Tilby Engineering. It has since been joined by Mark Mitchell of the Mitchell Group.

Cheshire Community Foundation administers the fund, which connects charitable donors, including business owners and private individuals, with the causes that matter in Cheshire and Warrington.

Phil Bates, Principal at Phillip Bates & Co Chartered Accountants, said: “We are very proud to support this project and had no hesitation in giving it our backing.

“Air Cadets, 2375 (Neston) Squadron offers young people from all walks of life a chance to get active, learn new skills and make friends in an inspirational and safe environment.”

2375 (Neston) Commanding Officer Paul Thelwell said: “We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Neston & District Community Fund and look forward to reporting back on the success of the project.”

Angela Richardson, Grants Director at Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic example of a charitable fund making a very real difference in their immediate locality.

“The grant application from Air Cadets, 2375 (Neston) Squadron was an extremely strong one and one that we had no hesitation in recommending for funding. We hope the funding will help to attract new people to the air cadets, who can benefit from the many opportunities on offer.”