A YOUTH organisation in Uttoxeter is currently fund-raising for refurbishment works at their headquarters as well as new equipment. The Uttoxeter Detachment of Army Cadets has plans to paint the two teaching rooms at their detachment which is situated in Oldfields Hall in Uttoxeter.
Jane Whitehurst, who is taking over the leading position at Uttoxeter Army Cadets from Lieutenant Brian Smith, said: “People often think that the Army Cadets get funding from the regular army, but we don’t. We are a registered charity which relies on donations and fund-raising.
“We don’t ask for subs from the cadets as we don’t want to be in a position where some families may not be able to afford to have their children as members.
“We are fully inclusive and also try and subsidise any camps we go on too.
“So with this, we do rely on donations. We have been lucky that the local Rotarians have helped us as well as Western Power, and recently we have had a donation of £250 from Uttoxeter Town Council.”
The current £1,000 fund-raising project for Uttoxeter Army Cadets includes purchasing equipment such as a projector, Ordnance survey maps, compasses, waterproof sleeping systems, stationary, along with a Resusci Anne for first aid training.
Jane said: “We are trying to collect funds to refurbish the rooms we use as well as for replacment equipment. We will be asking parents and members of the community to help with the painting itself.
“Fund-raising is an on-going thing for us as we also provide the cadets’ uniform free and there is the continuous need to replace equipment.
“It would be great if a business could come forward and sponsor us.”
Uttoxeter Army Cadets, which currently has 23 members, meet every Monday and Thursday at 7pm until 9pm and youngsters between the age of 12 years and eight months up to 18 years are welcome to sign up.
Jane, who was in the British Army herself for nine years, said that new youngsters are welcome to join the detachment. She added: “Being an Army Cadet has many benefits including getting youngsters physically motivated.
“It’s not just about marching up and down, it’s also about encouraging youngsters to have a good work ethic and it helps to build their confidence.
“It also gets them away from mobile phones and computers for a couple of hours twice a week. For example, when going out and about, rather than using Google maps on their phones we give them maps to use instead.
“Being a cadet gives the youngsters a sense of purpose in being able to help the community and give something back.”
The detachment is also always on the look out for additional adult volunteers. Jane said: “Adult volunteers don’t have to be uniformed, and they can just give what ever time and support they can.”
Anyone interested in becoming an Army Cadet, an adult volunteer, or would like to provide financial support to the detachment, can contact Jane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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