Cadets can keep travelling
£25k helps pay buy a minbus
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