Youngsters grill Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh over play facilities in Scampton
MP Edward Leigh faced some of his toughest opponents to date – a group of campaigning children.
Young people from Scampton travelled to London to quiz the Gainsborough MP about a lack of activities for them in Scampton.
The group, who are all from RAF families, are part of the Airplay youth club at RAF Scampton, a support programme for young people living on bases.
It’s the only project of its kind for service families and provides outdoor play areas, youth support and childcare centres. But the children argued the need for more positive activities for young people in the surrounding area outside the base.
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Ellie Barnicoat, 10, said: “I asked lots of questions, it was very educating and lots of fun.”
During the trip, the group also met families from RAF Northolt to learn what life is like for young people living on a base in a city.
They also visited the offices of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading welfare charity which funds the Airplay project, to explain how it has made a difference to their lives.
Gill Angel, the community development officer at RAF Scampton and who organised the trip, said: “They had the opportunity to have their voices and opinions heard.
“They are very proud of the youth club and the activities available at the station. However, there are not enough things for them and other young people to do in the Scampton area and they want this to change.”