RAF Cranwell

RAF College Cranwell has reopened three play parks following an £80,000 renovation project.

They repaired broken areas and added new equipment at High Dyke, West Avenue and Lime Play Parks.

High Dyke now has more equipment for older children, while West Avenue has better facilities for nursery-aged children, and Lime Play Park has new fences and flooring.

The funding was granted by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the leading welfare charity for the Royal Air Force.

Group Captain Gordon Bettington, station commander at RAFC Cranwell, said: “Thank you to the RAF Benevolent Fund for transforming our play packs across the station.

“Watching our children having so much fun on the new equipment has been a genuine joy in these difficult times.”

The RAF Benevolent Fund has also introduced a 24-hour helpline for veterans, serving personnel and any partners who may need emotional support, as well as an online mental wellbeing zone.

A BMW driver from Lincoln admitted causing the death of an RAF officer cyclist by careless driving when he failed to see his illuminated bike.

Businessman Michael Bohan, 37, from Lincoln entered a guilty plea relating to the death of RAF officer Barrie John Doherty when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

RAF College Cranwell and hundreds of people paid tribute to the victim after his death.

Mr Doherty, 43, was a father-of-two and highly regarded Flight Lieutenant at RAF College Cranwell, near Sleaford.

Bohan was charged with causing death by careless driving after the collision on the A607 at Leadenham, Lincolnshire, on January 7, 2019.

Mr Bohan, from Lincoln, was driving a black BMW at 5.30pm near to Troops Garage when the incident occurred.

Mr Doherty died after he was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending Bohan, said he was of previous good character and asked for a probation report to be prepared on him before sentence.

Mr Cranmer-Brown told the court Bohan could not explain how the collision occured.

“The position is he has gone across the carriageway and has failed to see the deceased on his bike,” Mr Cranmer-Brown said.

“He just failed to appreciate the lights which were undoubtedly illuminated on the bike of the deceased.”

Recorder Graham Huston adjourned sentence until the end of April but warned Bohan that all options were open.

“You have pleaded guilty to what I know you regard as a serious matter,” the Recorder told Bohan.

“I make it clear all options including an immediate prison sentence will be open to the sentencing judge ”

Bohan, of Shannon Avenue, Lincoln, was granted bail until his sentencing hearing.

At the time of the collision RAF College Cranwell issued a tribute to Flight Lieutenant Doherty.

It read: “It is with great sadness that RAF College Cranwell confirms the death of Flight Lieutenant Barrie John Doherty who was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of the January 7, 2019.

“Flight Lieutenant Doherty, a father of two, was well respected and highly regarded throughout his military career. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

The Proclaimers pushed an inspirational veteran over the starting line of a 500 mile charity challenge at a Lincolnshire RAF base.

Sean Allerton, 54, lost the use of both of his legs in a crash whilst on duty in Cyprus around 26 years ago and spent nearly a year in hospital with a broken neck.

Since then, he has set about fundraising challenges, helped by volunteers, covering thousands of miles.

The latest, Push 500, began at RAF College Cranwell on October 28, when The Proclaimers pushed Sean for the first few miles, just outside the base.

It started off in front of the College Hall Officer’s Mess, where Sean started out with 16 laps around a track known as The Orange.

The band, which is famous for its smash-hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), said: “We have known Sean for many years. His devotion to fundraising is inspiring.

“We look forward to doing some of the miles with him.”

Sean Allerton.

Sean has raised £38,000 and has pushed more than 2,000 miles for the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Charitable Trust and Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

He said: “I’m grateful to The Proclaimers who have supported Push 500 right from the start.  It is a great honour that they’ll push a mile in my shoes.

“I’m also indebted to RAF College Cranwell for allowing the use of such an iconic location that is central to all of the charities supported.”

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