Volunteers from the Westfield Shopping Centre in Derby spent a day lending a hand at 126 (City of Derby) Squadron to complete some DIY tasks that were long overdue.
126 Squadron are the Westfield Centre’s charity of the year for 2012. A group of maintenance engineers from the shopping centre volunteered their DIY skills for a day as part of the partnership between the two organisations. The Westfield team set about stripping and restoring the squadron’s field gun race equipment. This equipment is used by the squadron to train leadership, motivation and teamwork skills. After 4 hours and a lot of elbow grease, the field gun equipment was looking shiny and new.
The team also worked hard filling and levelling large potholes that had developed on the squadron parade square. Flying Officer Jackie Glover, Training Officer at 126 Squadron said, “The potholes were becoming a health and safety issue especially when we were doing drill training. Thanks to Westfield, we can now carry out our training without the risk of trips and falls.”
During the DIY session the Westfield team presented the squadron with a new display cabinet and key cabinet. The cabinet will be used to display Wing trophies that the squadron has won over the last year.
Six cadets attended the DIY session to support the Westfield team. They shared their cadet experiences with the Westfield team and reminded them why their sponsorship is so critical. Cadet Corporal Daniel Spencer said, “With the money the Westfield centre raise for us this year we will be able to give every cadet the chance to take part in a camp. They will be able to learn new fieldcraft, camping and leadership skills. More importantly, every cadet, no matter what their background, will have the opportunity to make new friends and have fun.”