British soldiers support community project in Nairobi after completing Exercise Askari Storm

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1 LANCS Battle Group volunteered at the ‘Because We Care’ project in Nairobi. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

After successfully completing Exercise Askari Story, the 1 Lancs Battle Group from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment have been spending some of their free time helping to improve the lives of children in Nairobi.

Volunteering their assistance to the ‘Because We Care’ initiative, which is led by Sian Boyd and supported by the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), the service personnel stripped out an existing kitchen in preparation for a new one to be installed. 

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The service personnel built a structure to keep the children sheltered while they eat. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

As part of these preparations a temporary facility was installed to ensure the children have shelter while they eat during the work.

The solders’ Exercise Askari Story training culminated with the Spartan FTX Phase which saw the Battlegroup fighting against a freely operating opposing force (OPFOR) in the local area of Laikipia.

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The completed meal shelter. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

The OPFOR, consisting of soldiers from 4 LANCS and the Light Dragoons, fought hard to resist the 1 LANCS Battlegroup, but were ultimately defeated by the overwhelming force. 1 Lancs were praised for the progress and achievements they had made during the 6 weeks of exercises.

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Two members of 1 LANCS Battle Group who volunteered at the Nairobi project. Photo: Facebook/BATUKOfficial

This was followed by the recovery phase which was a busy week of kit checks and freight packing followed by some well deserved Adventurous Training (AT) where they got the opportunity to take part in a number of activities including rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.

After flying back to the UK, they will have some well deserved leave over Easter.

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