1208 (Warsop) Air Cadets gives young individuals from 12 to 20 years the opportunity to engage in a range of activities from earning their own pilot’s licence, lessons in field craft and teaching them how to cook.
They teach them valuable life skills and qualifications such as First Aid in partnership with their parent service, the Royal Air Force.
They have ensured the cadets still feel connected by continuing their parades every week via video link, including a recent joint parade with Freemantle Air Cadets in Australia that the cadets described as a ‘brilliant experience’, however a lack of fundraising opportunities now means donations are needed.
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Chris Finch, commanding officer, said: “We rely on fundraising throughout the year as we're a charity, as some things are not covered by the RAF.
"We are not charging the usual £10 per month subscription as we know money is tight for families at the moment.
"Our cadets and staff are doing all they can to raise much needed funds to carry on giving our young individuals the chance they wouldn't have normally.
"Coronavirus has hit us hard – normally we have fundraising schemes like bag-packing at supermarkets, but this is not possible.”
The cadets have now set up a GoFundMe page for donations to enable them to continue.
For more information on the air cadets, check out their website: warsopaircadets.co.uk.