A local charity, the Maddison Bignall Trust, has raised funds to enable the cadets of 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron in Bilborough, Nottingham, to purchase vital equipment in order to support them in their hard work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award this year. This is following the wishes of a young lady Madison Bignall who lost her fight against a brain stem tumour.
Flying Officer Paul Woodward accepts a tent from Gen Bignall of the Trust.
The Maddison Bignall Trust was created to honour the memory of Maddison who died on October 27th 2007 aged 10. The trusts main aims are to support children of all ages, gender and religious backgrounds who have restrictions through disabilities, illness or social background.
With the continued growth of new recruits at 504, bringing the current total to 43 Cadets, the Trust had heard that the Squadron were in need of more reliable tents to enable the cadets to continue their work to achieve a mixture of Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards later this year and stepped in to help. In order to assist, the Trust set up and hosted a Casino Evening, to which the local community and regular supporters of the charity attended to raise the funds required to fulfil this need and successfully raised the monies to enable the trust to purchase four Vango tents for the cadets to use for their expeditions.
Cadets with the tents
Glen Bignall (41) a member of the trust stated that ‘Maddison was a remarkable young lady who wanted to help children who had less than her and didn’t have the same support as her, all we are trying to do is carry her wishes forward’
Glen and his team visited the Squadron to present the tents to the cadets who were extremely grateful and are looking forward to starting their expedition training during 2013.
Flight Lieutenant Martin Vernon said “ The staff and cadets at 504 Squadron are extremely honoured to be presented with these much needed tents, they will be put to good use over the coming year as our cadets work towards their D of E badges, I would like to give a big thank you to the Maddison Trust.”