Foreign Office Minister of State and the Department for International Development, Alistair Burt, yesterday visited aid workers at UKaid’s Kemble hub.
The North East Bedfordshire MP was there to thank the unsung heroes of 2017 whose work this year has saved lives in the Caribbean, Bangladesh and East Africa.
The Kemble hub, at Cotsworld Airport in Gloucestershire, is a key operations hub for sending UK aid around the world.
The disaster response facility supplies equipment, such as vehicles and tents, to disaster zones from its warehouse.
When Minister for International Development Alan Duncan officially opened the hub in 2012, he said that “proper stores, proper equipment, and people” were essential to international development.
Cotswold Airport was formerly known as RAF Kemble and now is a very busy airport for microlights, general aviation, corporate aircraft and airliners. The airport is open to the public everyday, including weekends, and boasts a very successful restaurant that offers superb food and views of the runway from its south facing sun terrace.