Nuneaton based Air Cadets and other members of the cadet forces from across the Coventry and Warwickshire area, who raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal, have been honoured by the Royal British Legion at a special presentation evening.
The young cadets from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Youth Fire Service and Sea Scouts who had all actively participated in the 2013 Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection had all been invited to the special event at the Old Shire Hall in Warwick where they all received the thanks of the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire for their outstanding support for the appeal.
The aim of the Lord Lieutenant's competition is to promote relationships between local Royal British Legion Branches, Poppy Appeal Organisers and Cadet Units whilst raising funds for the Poppy Appeal. The awards ceremony helps to bring everyone together to celebrate the success, time given and commitment of all involved.
Since 1999, Air, Army and Sea Cadets and more recently Fire Service cadets from across the county have had their Poppy Appeal collection efforts officially recognised by the Royal British Legion who issue awards to participating units and individual cadets.
The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Tim Cox, presented all the participating cadet units with a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate in recognition of their contribution to the 2013 collection and also presented county competition awards to individual cadets and units that collected the most money for the Appeal.
Following the presentations, the special guest speaker, Sapper Clive Smith, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who had sustained horrific injuries gave his account of his Army career leading up to his injures and his subsequent rehabilitation as a double amputee. Clive received a standing ovation from everyone present for his moving account of his experiences and the way in which the money raised by the cadets had helped to provide the facilities that helped him along his own road to recovery.
The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Mr Tim Cox also gave a short address, during which he said "We are indebted to these young men and women, and their leaders for their outstanding efforts towards the Poppy Appeal collections. I hope this yearly initiative can continue to raise the money we so desperately need each year to support the welfare of the ex-service community."
More photographs from the Poppy Appeal Presentations