Grant allows RAF Honington to scale new heights

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Service personnel at RAF Honington are scaling new heights with a brand new indoor climbing wall, partly funded by the RAF Charitable Trust.

The base received a grant of £10,343.20, which paid for the safety surface of the wall and premium equipment including ropes and harnesses.

The state-of-the-art facility, in the Jimmy James Hangar, was officially opened by Station Commander Gp Capt Mick Smeath, with the trust represented by Air Vice-Marshal The Hon David Murray.

Already in use by students, civil servants, service families, local youth groups and the RAF Regiment Recruitment and Selection Flight, the RAF Honington Climbing Club runs two sessions per week, with the aim of building a team to compete in May’s RAF Climbing Championships.

Flt Lt Andy England said: “The wall has already proved hugely popular, with the club already having 60 paying members and up to 30 people attending each evening climbing session.

“We have attracted interest from other stations, with the RAF Marham climbing team being regular visitors, and the wall has also featured in Air Cadet camps, adding a great dynamic to their activity programmes.”