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Young Cadets receive Fundraising Awards

Young cadets from around Cambridgeshire attended a special awards event with the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mr Hugh Duberly CBE, and the Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Bill Hensley, by the Royal British legion. The event was hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Great Stukeley, Huntingdon, who provide volunteers for the Poppy Appeal from all over the UK.   Over half of all congregations participated last year (167), in only the second year in which Church members have been involved nationally, donating over 7500 hours.

The young cadets from all over Cambridgeshire were involved in a Cadet Challenge and helped fundraise for the annual Poppy Appeal in the local area.   The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mr Hugh Duberly, spent time with each winner to congratulate them on their achievement, as well as each unit, and commented on their enthusiasm. The major duty of a Lord-Lieutenant is to represent the Crown in his county. This involves receiving members of the Royal Family on visits to the county, certain ceremonial duties connected with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, presiding at various civic and social events and presenting medals and awards on behalf of The Queen.

Tony Twigger, Community Fundraiser for Cambridgeshire for the RBL, commented, “These young cadets performed an amazing service by giving of their time to collect monies from members of the public.  The Royal British legion’s Poppy Appeal provides assistance in the sum of £1.6 million every week to support individuals and families of the armed forces.  We always require additional volunteers to help collect funds, especially over the last week of October and first week of November and look forward to seeing both new cadets and many more members of the Church being involved in a variety of ways.”

The overall unit winner of the Cadet Challenge was the Chesterton Detachment, No 2 Company, Cambridgeshire ACF who collected £2938.26. 

Pictured are winners from each company from L to R – Tony Twigger, Cadet Jessica Cornell from the Cambridge Sea Cadets, Mayor Bill Hensley, Lord Leiutenant Mr Hugh Duberly, Cadet Connor Post of the 2500 St Neots Squadron ATC, CWO Daniel Payne from 511 Ramsey Squadron ATC, Cadet Georgia Walker from Cambridge Detachment, No 2 Company Cambridgeshire ACF and Cadet Boyd from Cherry Hinton Detachment No 2 Company Cambridgeshire ACF.

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