Nuneaton Air Cadets help local British Sign Language (BSL) group to raise funds for Walsgrave Special Care Baby Unit.
On Friday 18 th June the band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps took part in a BSL variety performance in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit at Coventry 's Walsgrave Hospital . The event organiser Fay Bullingham a BSL tutor had recently helped many of the Squadron's cadets to gain their 'British Sign Language Assessment' certificates as part of a squadron community project.
Fay and her husband Bob hold the Special Care Baby Unit close to their heart after experiencing the care given to premature babies when their own daughter, Grace was born 10 weeks premature weighing just 2lb 5oz. After weeks of care from the medical staff in the Walsgrave Special Care Baby Unit, Grace was allowed home and is now a thriving little one year old.
The squadron band fanfare section opened the show in style and then as the house lights went down to be replaced by ultraviolet lighting the audience were treated to a display by the bands drummers who performed an almost flawless routine, the rhythmical movement of their white drum sticks, and dress ropes being highlighted by the UV lighting. During their second appearance in the show the full band treated the large and enthusiastic audience to a variety of wartime favourites, traditional marches and other popular tunes.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said "we are only to glad to help Fay with her Saving Grace fund raising event
which I understand raised £1700 for the Special Care Baby Unit . She put a lot of time and effort into teaching our cadets to sign".
121 Squadron March Medley