Cadets praised for show­ing pride and lead­er­ship

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE - by Mike Ben­nett

MEM­BERS of the cadet forces who ex­celled at col­lect­ing Poppy Ap­peal do­na­tions have been praised as part of a Lieu­tenancy of Kent ini­tia­tive to cel­e­brate youth achieve­ment.

Vice-Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent Vis­count De L’Isle told them: “I have seen at first hand the won­der­ful achieve­ments of Kent’s younger gen­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially mem­bers of the county’s cadet forces.

“Through­out this year, the fo­cus will be on the many pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments of Kent’s young peo­ple.”

He was speak­ing at Kent’s Poppy Ap­peal Cadet Awards cer­e­mony at Dit­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, spon­sored by the Al­lan Willett Foun­da­tion.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Lord Lieu­tenant, Lord De L’Isle thanked the 200 cadets at­tend­ing the event from 30 par­tic­i­pat­ing units for the ster­ling ef­forts they, their adult lead­ers and Poppy Ap­peal or­gan­is­ers had made to­wards rais­ing a to­tal ex­pected to be close to £900,000 in Kent in the past year.

He told the cadets: “You have demon­strated the qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship, sense of duty, pride, which add up to make you all wor­thy mem­bers of so­ci­ety, that we have come to ex­pect from our Kent cadets.”


Clare Saun­ders, the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s com­mu­nity fund-raiser for Kent, con­grat­u­lated the cadets who had shared their per­sonal thoughts on the mean­ing and im­por­tance of the an­nual Poppy Ap­peal and, par­tic­u­larly, the Poppy as our na­tional sym­bol.

Karen Small and Cathy Ash, the County Field Wel­fare Of­fi­cers, told the cadets how their Poppy Day ef­forts had made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of 523 less for­tu­nate mem­bers of the ex-Ser­vice and Ser­vice Com­mu­ni­ties in Kent dur­ing 2006. They said the Le­gion had al­ready helped more than 120 peo­ple in the county this year.

Also at­tend­ing was High Sher­iff of Kent, Amanda Cot­trell, from Chal­lock.

Award-win­ning cadets

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