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Air Cadets help the Salvation Army
deliver a brighter Christmas

When we think of Christmas it's not just the presents and spending time with loved ones that we think about, there is also the fantastic food which helps make the festive period special.

But for some families it isn't always easy to have a hearty meal and presents for the children on Christmas Day and that's where Nuneaton 's Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal is stepping in to deliver a brighter Christmas.

Air Cadets Breanne Richter, Cameron Bennett and Rebecca Evans-Farrell, helping to deliver a brighter Christmas for children in local families.

On Monday 10th December Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and members of the Nuneaton based Veterans Contact Point joined other volunteer groups at the Salvation Army Hall to help pack bags of festive food and a mountain of Christmas presents for the children.

Wrapping presents for the children (L to R) Air Cadets Holly Odam, Cameron Bennett and Rebecca Evans-Farrell, Pilot Officer Edward Carr, Mr Len Hardy (Civilian Committee Chairman 121 Squadron) and Cadet Breanne Richter.

When the Cadets and VCP volunteers arrived at the Salvation Army Hall in Newdegate Street , it was full of food and presents which all needed wrapping and bagging but it didn't take long before the scene was turned into something resembling Santa's workshop. Volunteer elves of all ages were busily writing labels, wrapping presents for the children and packing food ready for delivery to deserving families all across the borough who would otherwise be going without on Christmas Day.

Air Cadet Corporal Reece Leatham helps pack bags of festive food for needy families

Selecting presents for the children. (L to R) Air Cadets Breanne Richter, Rebecca Evans-Farrell and Cameron Bennett.

Major Conny Vogler, who commands the Nuneaton Salvation Army Corps, said: "I would like to thank the volunteers from the Air Cadets and Veterans Contact Point for coming along and helping to wrap the presents and pack the food ready for delivery. Many people are busy preparing for Christmas, but we mustn't forget that there are families in our local community where children cannot look forward to getting a present. We don't want any child to go without a toy or a present this Christmas, even if it is only just a small thing. It can make such a real difference to their lives to know that somebody cares."

Air Cadets and Veterans Contact Point volunteers combine their efforts to support the Salvation Army to deliver a brighter Christmas. (L to R) Mr Len Hardy (Civilian Committee Chairman 121 Squadron), Cadets Breanne Richter and Holly Odam, VCP volunteers Ben Reith and Kirsty Smith

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Added, “I am so glad that our cadets have been able to help out with such a worthwhile charitable activity. They have certainly shown that Christmas is a time for giving up some of their time to help others and we've all had so much fun selecting and wrapping the toys and gifts for the children. It's so good to know that in some small way our efforts tonight will go some way to Light up Christmas for so many children in local families”.

Wrapping presents for the children. Air Cadet Holly Odam and Angela Hardy (Civilian Committee Secretary 121 Squadron)

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