The lead up to Christmas is a busy time for everyone and for 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, Air Training Corps, December 2010 was to be no exception. As part of their on-going fund raising activities the Squadron’s Civilian Committee had arranged with two local shops for the cadets to do bag packing in the week prior to Christmas.
On Saturday 18th December the Wilkinson’s store in Beeston saw 10 cadets attend and spend 6 hours packing the bags for those customers who wished to participate. In return the customers placed donations into the collecting buckets strategically placed on the tills. The time passed quickly as customers steadily passed through the tills with plenty of laughter and banter between the cadets and the public.
Christmas Eve was the turn of Sainsbury’s in Beeston and this time over 30 cadets attended the 6 hour session ensuring as many tills as possible were occupied. Again it was very busy with plenty of customers taking advantage of the service being offered by the cadets. At 4pm the buckets were gathered in and taken off to be counted by members of the committee.
Over the two days the cadets received plenty of positive feedback from the shoppers but one individual was so impressed that he took the time to email the squadron to express his feelings about what he saw, summed up by this quote “It was pleasing to see a group of young men and women who presented an immaculate appearance both in their bearing and dress. They were disciplined, polite and helpful in assisting shoppers and appeared to enjoy carrying out their tasks. Young people are often very much maligned these days, but these individuals were a credit both to themselves, their families, their generation and the Air Cadet Training Corps.” Praise indeed.
The total amount has yet to be confirmed but it appears that in excess of £1500 will have been raised from the two sessions, a great end to the year’s fund raising activities and gives the squadron a sound base to start 2011. The money will be used to help with the squadron’s running costs, such as the minibus, and to assist with the purchase of equipment.
The staff, cadets and civilian committee of 1359 would like to thank everyone who gave so generously at both of the bag packs and who made both events so enjoyable for all those involved.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron