Under the Terms of the Covid-19 Impact programme, directed by the Cabinet and Ministry of Defence, the HAF Trust has been awarded a Restricted Grant of £25,000 Project Recovery Funding by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to assist in its return to business following the recent health crisis and impacts of the lockdown.

George Bacon, Chairman of the Trust says: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised nationally for the work we have achieved to date in this way. This funding will greatly assist the HAF Trust in maintaining the confidence of its many veteran volunteers in returning to full operations once again and re-generate our public outreach activities toward a more sustainable long term future. The funding will additionally support the restoration of historic and iconic aircraft, valuable to the nation’s heritage and the many stories of valour that they tell, in addition to supporting the Trust’s wider community engagement and STEM initiatives.

Julian Hickman, CEO of the Trust Company says: ‘Following the protracted difficulties recently encountered, we remain fully committed in our voluntary support to the heritage and ethos of the Army and its veterans. The Trust’s intent remains to operate its aircraft as a ‘living museum’, independently of the MOD but, still find a suitable way to commemorate those who may have given their lives in Army Aviation service and preserve that very special heritage for many years to come. In that respect, our organisation hopefully continues to remain important in recognising the courage and bravery of all pilots and supporting crews. I am conscious that yet harder work remains ahead.