AN ARMY aircraft engineer has told how she has helped in the national campaign against coronavirus.

LCpl Eleanor Kent, 25, is an Army aircraft engineer with REME, working to support the UK’s Coronavirus response at RAF Leeming.

She maintains Wildcat helicopters to be used at a moment’s notice, transporting medical equipment and personnel across the country, supplying NHS Nightingale hospitals, and providing life-saving medical supplies and doctors where they are needed.

She said: "I'm normally based in Yeovil but have been at RAF Leeming to assist with aircraft maintenance.

"We had to move up and adjust quite quickly and it has been long days but very rewarding to know that we are helping in the fight against coronavirus.

"We were involved in transporting personnel working on the Nightingale Hospitals, and equipment.

"For me, one of the things that really makes it hit home is having to decontaminate the aircraft after each use to make them safe for the next journey – it makes it all feel very real.

"I have to get fully fitted in PPE, but it's a job I like to do myself because then I know it is cleaned and safe.

"It has been very rewarding to do this work from RAF Leeming."