Cadets praised for showing pride and leadership
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.