On Monday the 20th February I was very honoured to have received an invitation from the Royal British Legion to attend the Lord Lieutenant’s Poppy Appeal Awards at the Territorial Army Centre in Eastbourne, East Sussex. This was the first time that I had been invited and I was really interested in finding out what these young Cadets had achieved to receive these awards.
The Cadets were being recognised for their efforts in last year’s Poppy Appeal. To date the Poppy Appeal National figure stands at £36,694,802 million pounds, of which £1.25 million was raised in the combined counties of East and West Sussex. So what had these Cadets done to raise this huge amount? Well, each of the Cadets in attendance had completed a minimum of twenty hours service, giving up their own time voluntarily, and on most occasions battling against the elements collecting for the Royal British Legion. I was amazed to have seen how young some of the Award winners were and how dedicated they have been in adding to this success story. The Royal British Legion is well on their way to a record target of £40 million pounds.
The Sea Cadets from TS Hastings were present to receive their awards; now Unit Assistant Sharna Whitlock, Leading Cadet Ryan Whitlock, Cadet Lance Corporal Dominic Izzard, Ordinary Cadet Aliesha Whitear, Cadet Kieran Gladwish, Junior Sea Cadet Daniel Jukes and finally Junior Sea Cadet Jonathan Parodi.
The money given to the Royal British Legion will assist to help all generations of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives. To contribute to the Royal British legion please use the following link: http://www.poppy.org.uk/support-us/give-money
The Cadets received their certificates from the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex Mr Peter Field. Also in attendance were the High Sheriff of East Sussex Mrs KA Gore DL, the Chairman of East Sussex councillor Chris Dowling and the Royal British Legion County President Group Captain Derek North.
Finally it was a great event, one in which outlines the great work that these Cadets and Adult Instructors carry out for charity and the benefits they bring to our local communities. Parents and family were present to witness these achievements and it was great to chat with them afterwards.
Other photographs from the event will shortly be placed on the photograph gallery at www.serfca.org
Well done to all those involved, you really are making a difference!!