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Nuneaton Air Cadets help local British Sign Language (BSL) group to raise £1300 for the Walsgrave Special Care Baby Unit.

On Friday 22 nd April 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 has recently joined the Squadrons Civilian Committee and has also helped many of the Squadron's cadets to gain their 'British Sign Language Assessment' certificates as part of an ongoing 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 two year old.

The squadron band opened the show in style with a collection of tunes which included their first public performance of the "James Bond" theme and the Disney classic "The Bare Necessities.

A Group of cadets also took the opportunity to use their newly acquired sign language skills as they silently sang one of the songs from the musical "The sound of music". Not to be out done by the cadets two members of the Squadrons adult staff Flt Lt Ian Crew and CI Norma Easterlow who both attend sign language classes performed their sign language version of comedy hit classic "My Brother"

The concert was a fantastic success, the band performed well and those cadets who were involved with the sign language singing were a credit to the unit. We all had a truly enjoyable evening and we also managed to help raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit

121 Squadron March Medley

121 Squadron band opens the concert with their rendition of the “James Bond” theme – Click to enlarge
The brass section of the 121 Squadron band – Click to enlarge 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron band – Click to enlarge
Flt Lt Ian Crew as “My Brother.”  It could be some time before we let him forget this one – Click to enlargeCadets use their sign language skills as they silently sing one of the songs from the musical “The sound of music”– Click to enlargeFlt Lt Ian Crew and CI Norma Easterlow perform their sign language version of comedy hit classic “My Brother”– Click to enlarge

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