Rainbows get the litter-picking bug

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Youngsters at RAF Leeming have been learning how to make their environment a cleaner place.

Members of the 1st Gatenby (RAF Leeming) Rainbows are discovering how they can make a difference as they work towards their Be Healthy badge.

The girls are also doing an RSBP challenge which has taught them the importance of looking after their environment – something that has additional significance for youngsters living right next to a working airfield.

Snowy Owl, Kristy Langdale, said: “A lot of the girls understood already that it’s important to keep the airfield clean, and the impact rubbish has if it gets into the engine of a jet.

“Others weren’t aware or haven’t lived on an airfield before.”

As part of their project, the Rainbows carried out a litter pick and talked about the potential effect of some of the rubbish they found.

“The girls designed some amazing posters to remind people to put their rubbish in the bin.

“We believe it’s really important that the girls understand their environment and from carrying out this activity they have really become passionate about being tidy. Keeping our camp clean has now become our new motto.”

RAF Leeming Station Commander, Group Captain David Bradshaw visited the group with Stn FOD (Foreign Object Damage) Officer, Chief Tech Dale Jacques to talk about the problem of rubbish on an airfield, and judge the range of colourful posters.

Six year-old Daisy Sherwood was treated to the honour of wearing the Station Commander’s hat for her artistic efforts.

A spokesman explained that FOD is a safety concept in any aviation, manufacturing of similar environment where small, loose objects have the potential to cause damage or injury.

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