Laneshaw Bridge woman is top RAF recruit

Lucy Bullock

Lucy Bullock

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a LANESHAW Bridge woman has become one of the newest airwomen in the Royal Air Force after graduating from basic training with a trophy.

Lucy Bullock (26) from Valley Mill Court, was one of 46 new trainees to graduate in front of friends and family, having successfully completed nine weeks of intensive basic training at RAF Halton, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The training at RAF Halton is designed to take the new recruits, and transform them into airmen and women fit for operations by laying in place the foundation stones they will build on throughout their career.

Not only did Lucy successfully complete the course, she was awarded the RAF Benevolent Fund Trophy, which is awarded to the recruit who shows the greatest effort and determination on their flight.

Lucy said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my nine weeks training here at Recruit Training Squadron.

“I have learned so much and met so many people. The highlight of my time here was the first few weeks; adjusting to life in the RAF and meeting all sorts of interesting people, and I have benefited enormously from the physical training elements.

“I was overjoyed to have won this award, and I look forward now to starting the next stage of my professional training with the Royal Air Force”.

Prior to joining the RAF, Lucy went to St Hilda’s RC School for Girls and St Theodore’s RC Sixth Form Centre before training to be a nurse at Manchester University.

Lucy was an intensive care staff nurse for four years at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

She will now move to the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit in Peterborough to start her RAF nursing career.

Squadron Leader Joe Duhan, Officer Commanding Recruit Training Squadron, said: “Today is a proud day for Lucy as well as her family; achieving success in basic training requires mental, physical and emotional strength, because the course is far from easy, and a great sense of achievement is felt by all, including the instructors.  She is more than ready to start the next phase of her career, and build on what she has achieved already.