A team of cadets and staff recently answered the call for help from Royal British Legion in support of their annual poppy appeal. On a cold Saturday morning they collected their collection tins and poppy boxes and hit the out of town shopping complex, Fosse Park. Despite the cold the cadets stayed happy and the smiles seemed to do the trick, as members of the public were soon digging deep to show their thanks for the fallen of conflicts passed and present. On the day the cadets were praised by members of the Legion for their smart turnout, and personally thanked for their support. Flying Officer Tim Hargraves, Officer in Charge 1461 Wigston Sqn said, “ it is always a pleasure to support the Royal British Legion, they do such a great job for Armed Forces and their families” The total raised on the day has just been released and is an amazing £1197.06, not bad for just 6 hours work.
This achievement tops of a cracking year of fundraising. Earlier on in the year, cadets and staff pulled on their walking boots in aid of Menphys, a local charity for disabled young people and their families, and raised over £750 collecting for a sponsored walk. Following a talk from a member of the team at Menphys, the cadets at 1461 have now decided to raise money for a sensory room next year, which is a much needed resource that the charity is currently missing. Flying Officer Tim Hargraves said, “ its great to see that the team spirit that the cadets have can be put to such a good use, and that they can achieve so much. Roll on 2010, the year of fundraising!”
Officer in Charge Flying Officer Tim Hargraves handing over a cheque to Menphys staff, with cadets in the background