Nuneaton Air Cadets have been busy collecting funds to support former war heroes and their families.
Members of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron were out in force in the town centre on Saturday 25th September collecting donations from passing shoppers.
The street collection which raised £604.40 was part of the 70 th Anniversary ‘Battle of Britain Wings Appeal' by the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), which provides for help and support for former members of the RAF and their families. With approximately 80,000 members and 500 branches in the UK , Europe and beyond the RAFA needs all the help it can get and the cadets were determined to do their bit.
Last year the Nuneaton Air Cadets won the prestigious RAFA Coventry Branch, Wings Appeal Trophy, which is awarded to the Coventry area Air Cadet unit that raises the most money during the street collections. The cadets are hoping that, thanks to the generosity of the people of Nuneaton they will be in with a good chance of retaining the Trophy for a Forth consecutive year.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We are delighted to have been able to help the Coventry Branch Royal Air Forces Association with this years Wings Appeal and demonstrate the commitment of the Squadron as a whole to our work with ex service organisations within our community".
Dave Palmer, Chairman of the RAFA Coventry Branch Said, “I would like to convey my thanks to all the cadets that turned out for this years RAFA Wings Appeal Collection and helped us to raise £604.40. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Nuneaton for their generosity and support for the RAFA”.
Nuneaton Air Cadet FS Robert Allan who's First Aid training and quick thinking came in useful when he went to the assistance of a member of the public whilst collecting the Wings Appeal in 2008, couldn't help but come to the rescue of yet another damsel in distress outside M&S during this years collection. As Robert got down on one knee to propose, we didn't have the heart to tell him that she was part of the Art Alert display promoting local visual arts & crafts.