Cadets can keep trav­el­ling

£25k helps pay buy a min­bus

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Han­nah Raven hanah.raven@trin­i­tymir­

AIR CADETS can carry on trav­el­ling to com­mu­nity events and ac­tiv­i­ties thanks to a do­na­tion from Hilling­don Coun­cil.

The au­thor­ity has do­nated £25,000 to 14F Squadron of the Air Train­ing Corps based at RAF Northolt help re­place their un­re­li­able minibus.

The cadets take part and help with many events such as the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund fun run at Ruis­lip Lido, the Lord Mayor’s Pa­rade and Re­mem­brance Pa­rades in the bor­ough.

They had raised nearly £11,000 to­wards a new minibus over the last two years. They were still a sig­nif­i­cant way from reach­ing their tar­get, so civil­ian in­struc­tor Daniel Fick­ling de­cided to ap­proach the coun­cil.

Mr Fick­ling, 20, of Ruis­lip, was a cadet for five years be­fore be­gin­ning his vol­un­tary role with the squadron.

He said: “A new minibus would be a fan­tas­tic way to not just ben­e­fit the cur­rent cadets on the squadron but cadets who wish to join in years to come.

“This do­na­tion means so much to me and other staff mem­bers, as it will al­low us to trans­port our cadets, know­ing that the time and ef­fort we con­trib­ute has not gone amiss.”

There are around 80 cadets with 14F (Northolt) Squadron. The bus they are cur­rently us­ing is no longer re­li­able and the cadets of­ten have to rely on par­ents driv­ing them to events.

The leader of the coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, handed over a cheque to Mr Fick­ling.

“We re­cently paid trib­ute to our war vet­er­ans at a civic lunch and we are equally as proud of our younger res­i­dents serv­ing in the cadets,” he said.

“When Daniel wrote to me and asked for the coun­cil’s as­sis­tance we didn’t hes­i­tate in our de­ci­sion.

“This is what we are about and I am glad that we can help such a well de­serv­ing group of young peo­ple.”

n DO­NA­TION: Daniel Fick­ling re­ceives the do­na­tion cheque from the leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­i­foot


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