Cadets of 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron handed a cheque for £5282 to Macmillan Nurses and Leicester Royal Infirmary Cancer Unit, the two charities supported by the squadron.
The money was raised over the last two years through a sponsored walk, bag packing at Sainsbury’s supermarket and the squadrons first Remembrance Charity Ball organised by Flt Lt Standish and CI Karina Prince held in November 2007. The Ball was attended by over 150 people and with the proceeds from a fast and furious auction over £2400 was raised. The squadron will be holding a second Charity Ball on November 14th this year and hope that it will become an annual event.
The cheque was accepted by Carol Irving (Macmillan Teenage and Young Adult Nurse Specialist) and Angharad Rastrick (Service Manager, Oncology and Haematology Unit Leicester Royal Infirmary). Both thanked the cadets saying “it is a brilliant amount and much more than we were expecting. We have two projects in mind; one is some landscaping and the second to provide internet access for the young in patients”.
Angharad Rastrick, CI Karina Prince, FS Sam Tomlinson, CWO Lauren Bickley and Flt Lt John Standish
The charities are supported in memory of two young members of the squadron who died from cancer. Cdt Cathy O’Neill in 1999 aged 17 and Civilian Instructor Michael Standish in 2001 aged 23.
Flight Lieutenant Valerie Smith said “it is important that we remember these two young people who enjoyed their time with cadets. Those who were privileged to know them will always remember their cheerfulness, sense of humour and the amount they contributed to the squadron. It is a coincidence that Michael was a landscape gardener and some landscaping work would be highly appropriate”.
The Squadron cadets and staff have now raised over £17,000 since 2000.
By Flt Lt John Standish RAF VR(T)
1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron ATC