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Operation “Pom-Pom” a Success for Swadlincote Air Cadets

Article posted: Sep 03, 2013 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Armed with hi-vis vests, whistles, torches, clap-sticks and pom-poms, 32 cadets and staff from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) Air Cadets added a fun twist, to help ensure a national cancer care charity event was a success.

The Marie Curie Cancer Care charity organise a nationwide annual fundraising event called Walk 10, which is a 10km sponsored walk, taking place early evening/into dusk. The Derbyshire leg of the event was held at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire and to help make the event a success, 1211 Sqn were asked to provide cadets to act as marshals at checkpoints along the route.

Flt Lt Rob Moore, 1211 Sqn Operations Officer said, “We were pleased to be able to support this worthwhile charity and their fundraising event. Our brief was to ensure the walkers didn’t lose their way and to provide encouragement for them along the route. Our cadets certainly did that and through the use of whistle, clap sticks and pom-poms they gave the event a colourful, noisy and energetic edge”

Having received thanks from the walkers at the checkpoints, the Cadets then decided to race back to the finish line, to cheer on and congratulate the walkers over the last few metres of their walk.

The Derbyshire Walk Ten event was a success for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity with over 400 walkers taking part. Regional Events Fundraiser for the Midlands and Anglia, Ed Turnham, said, “The Swadlincote Air Cadets have done a great job and we have never had such support for our walkers at the end to a walk”.
Air Cadet Sophie Woodfield, said, “It was so much fun and the walkers all had smiles on their faces when they saw us with our pom-poms and cheering them on”.

1211 Sqn’s involvement in the local community and the support provided to other charitable organisations is one of the ways in which the Swadlincote Squadron fulfills one of the aims of the Air Cadets; “To encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship”. At their annual Open Day on Sunday 8th September, 1211 Sqn will be showcasing their talents and will be demonstrating how they fulfill all of the aims of the Air Cadets. The event takes place at the Squadrons headquarters on Eureka Park, Swadlincote, starting at 11am and all are welcome to attend.

CI Tildesley
Squadron MCO