Air Cadets of 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron held their prestigious annual Presentation Evening awards ceremony at the end of January and were honoured to have amongst their guests Rushcliffe Borough Councillor Debbie Mason and Maggie Falconer of When You Wish Upon A Star, the charity for sick children.
In total 140 people enjoyed the formal evening held in the plush surroundings of the Belgrave Rooms in Nottingham city centre. The event started with a 3 course dinner, followed by presentations to the Cadets who received the awards and promotions that they had worked hard to attain over the past 12 months.
During the awards speeches were given by dignitaries from the Air Training Corps, including Wing Commander Dickinson and Squadron Leader Wilson, as well as honoured guests.
Amongst the many awards, three of the older Cadets gained honourable mention for attaining their gliding ‘wings’, awarded for completing a training course that culminated in them flying solo in Air Cadet gliders.
Councillor Mason said “I feel honoured to be invited to this event at which I have learned so much about what these young Air Cadets do. I didn’t realise that there was so much more to it than flying. I am especially impressed at the amount of money raised for charities like When You Wish Upon A Star.”
Maggie Falconer of ‘Wish You Upon A Star’ charity
Maggie Falconer expressed her gratitude to the Squadron for the £1,295.00 raised for When You Wish Upon A Star, the local charity that makes dreams come true for sick children. Maggie read out an emotional thank-you email from the parents of one sick child who was able to visit Santa in Lapland, funded by the money raised by the Cadets.
In total over the last year the Squadron raised over £3200 for charities. Flt Lt Frost, in charge of the Squadron said “I am so proud of the Cadets who have worked so hard throughout the year to raise money. I think it is a fantastic achievement.”
Colin Fox Presenting the Cheque
The Squadron were pleased to receive a substantial donation to their funds from Colin Fox representing the committee of Rempstone Steam and Country Fair. Colin expressed his gratitude to the Squadron for their hard work parking the hundreds of cars that visit the event.
Guests were also shown a video of the Squadron’s activities during the year such as flying, camps, visits to RAF bases, route marches, sports events, target shooting and much more.
Cadets of 2425 Squadron
The night ended with the Cadets looking and feeling like film stars when they lined up on the stage for guests to take photographs as a memento of a great night.
By CI Phil Gregg
2425 Sqn Media & Communications Officer