Air Cadets say big thank you to Tesco Customers
Air Cadets from all over South West and West Wales are saying a big thank you today to customers of Tesco Extra superstore in Brigend.
Over 20 air cadets from Ammanford, Llanelli, Gorseinon, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend and Cowbridge spent St Patrick's Day in the Tesco Extra Superstore in Bridgend assisting shoppers to pack their bags. The store was crowded for most of the day. Consequently, through the generosity of the customers at Tesco the cadets raised just over £1,000 (one thousand pounds). This far exceeded the expected amount, and will do much to boost the coffers of the Wing Welfare Fund.
Many of the cadets on parade in Tesco today are hoping to travel to Gibraltar in July so that they can complete the PADI open water scuba diving course. As a result of today's fund raising that dream has come a little bit closer. However, another £12,000 is needed before the plan can be realised.
Cadets from No3 Welsh Wing are also arranging to go the The Netherlands in July to take part in the arduous Nijmegen Marches, and in August, 30 cadets will have a trip to the historic Normandy Beaches to learn about the sacrifices made by people from South Wales during World War II.
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Flt Lt Stuart Morgan, Deputy Wing Chairman, No3 Welsh Wing said, "We are delighted to have raised over £1,000 today. This is a large sum of money that will help the Wing Welfare Fund to support cadet activities. Cadets are able to pursue a number of opportunities not available to other teenagers. They learn new skills and gain nationally recognised awards which prepare them for adult life. We are very grateful to Tesco and to their very generous customers for providing this financial support to the cadets."
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a national organisation for young people aged between 13 and 20. It was established in 1941 and there are nearly 1000 squadrons divided into 36 wings, which then split into six regions.
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