For a group of air cadets from 1181 (Syston) Squadron, the weekend of November 11th 2012 has proven to be a busy one. Over the course of the weekend, air cadets and members of staff provided support to the Leicestershire and Rutland Royal British Legion (RBL) at various events around Leicester including the collecting for the Poppy Appeal at the Leicester Tiger Rugby team home ground and the home of Leicester City Football Club, the King Power Stadium.
Cadet Daniel Adkin (15) parades at the side of the pitch before the Leicester City Football Match
The air cadets and staff from Syston met with other cadet forces and members of the Royal British Legion early on 10th November ready to collect for the Poppy Appeal at the Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest game. The air cadets have been helping out at this event for many years, however, there is always excitement when the Squirrel helicopter from RAF Shawbury delivers the match ball whilst the air cadets line the side of the pitch. Following the delivery of the match ball, the air cadets parade at the side of the pitch as the fans observe a minutes silence following the last post. During half-time, the air cadets and staff paraded around the pitch lead by the Leicestershire and Rutland County Pipe Band and the standards of the Royal British Legion. Whilst they weren’t busy raising money for the appeal, the air cadets were treated to fantastic seats to watch the game.
The sporting treats didn’t end there for the air cadets of the Syston unit as a team of them joined their staff members and air cadets of 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron at the Leicester Tigers vs Maori ‘All Blacks’ rugby match, again, all in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The air cadets and staff worked hard collecting for the appeal, working alongside other RBL members and the RBL community fundraiser, Giles Coleman. Fans showed their support by generously donating to the appeal and observing a minutes silence at the beginning of the game in order to show their respect for such an important cause. For the air cadets and staff, they were again treated to fantastic seats to watch an amazing game whilst they weren’t collecting.
The air cadets of 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron and 1181 (Syston) Squadron with Leicester Tigers Prop, Fraser Balmain
The Royal British Legion do fantastic work in providing welfare support to servicemen and women, past and current, as well as supporting their families. The money raised by the air cadets will go towards supporting the welfare work that the RBL offer to the armed forces community. Pilot Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVR (T), Adjutant at the Syston air cadet unit who organised the air cadets involvement over the course of the remembrance period, commented “It is brilliant to be involved in events like these alongside the RBL. Not only have the cadets now had the chance to parade at the Festival of Remembrance and their local Remembrance Day Parade, but they get the opportunity to join with the public in helping the RBL raise money for their welfare work and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We are honoured to have been able to support the legion and very grateful for the kind welcome that we have received from members of the public at both fantastic sporting events.”
By Pilot Officer Daniel McGlynn
1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC