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Swanley Army Cadets Raise Funds for Combat Stress

Swanley Detachment of the Kent Army Cadet Force Squadron RE recently presented a cheque to Peter Butterworth from Combat Stress UK for charity work they completed last year for the sum of £389.58.

The amount  was raised by the cadets completing a 10k speed march in boots and combat clothing, and also running a stall at the local Armed Forces day held in Swanley and hosted by Swanley Town Council.

combat stress cheque 2017 (1).jpgPeter Butterworth from Combat Street UK receives a cheque for £389.58.

Robert Marsh, Director Income Generation at Combat Stress said:

“We’re really grateful to Swanley ACF for choosing to support Combat Stress and veterans with mental health problems.

Each year we receive more than 2,000 referrals from former servicemen and women struggling with their mental health. The money raised by fundraisers, like Swanley ACF, means we can continue to support every veteran that comes to us for help.”

Colonel Chris Gilbert, Commandant Kent ACF said:

“I’m really proud of all the cadets at Swanley for taking the initiative to help raise funds for this valuable cause.

The Army Cadet Force plays an active role in the local community. A major part of the training for any cadet is citizenship training and the topic forms part of the syllabus.  Through participating in community projects like this we help develop young people in responsible citizens.

I’d encourage any young people or adults who want to find out more about joining us to visit our website for more information”.

We’re always looking for Army Cadets and adult volunteers: Come and find out more:

Swanley ACF Centre, Swanley Lane, Swanley, BR8 7LH on a Thursday from 7-9pm.

The Army Cadet Force is a national voluntary youth organisation based on the best military traditions and ethos. The ACF is not a recruiting vehicle for the Armed Forces, nor do its cadets or adult instructors have any call up commitment whatsoever.

It is sponsored by, but not part of the Army, and provides challenging military, adventurous and community focussed activities.

The ACF also offers young people and adults the opportunity to undertake BTEC qualifications, gain the Duke of Edinburgh Award and obtain recognised First Aid qualifications.

Its aim is to inspire young people, male and female, between 12-18 to achieve and develop qualities required of good citizens.

There are 34 detachments throughout Kent, with over 1200 cadets, 190 officers and adult leaders.