A YOUTH organisation has had a cash boost thanks to a community fund-raising group. Uttoxeter Army Cadets have recently been presented with £500 by the Royal British Legion. The funds are set to help pay for new equipment at the unit. The Army Cadet Force has been part of the East Staffordshire town for more than 70 years. The national organisation has been around since 1859, and has the motto of 'Inspire to Achieve.'
The Uttoxeter unit is currently based at Oldfield’s Hall Middle School and meets twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays between 7pm and 9pm.
Uttoxeter Cadets are affiliated to The Royal Lancers Cavalry Regiment which is currently based in Catterick and is famous for their motto ‘Death or Glory’ and The Charge of Light Brigade.
Any youngster aged between 12 years and eight months up to aged 18 can be an army cadet.
Second lieutenant at Uttoxeter Army Cadets, Jane Whitehurst, said: “We teach a number of life skills which includes first aid where cadets are tested on heart start and resuscitation.
“This has recently been put to use when Sergeant Kerry Tillson gave first aid to a man in Asda, and in February a 17-year-old Uttoxeter Cadet saved a woman’s life at Stafford.
“Every month we hold a camp where cadets get to practice skills such as navigation, field craft, shooting and first aid.
“The cadets get to sleep under canvas and prepare meals for themselves.
“They love it and camps are extremely popular.”
Camps normally cost £12.50, while the annual eight day camp costs £40 which this year is at Otterburn, one of the largest Army training areas.
Jane added: “Each cadet is issued a uniform and we make sure they learn how to care for it as we do conform to military discipline.
“We live by our values and standards which are set high.
“We encourage teamwork and bonding, however our experienced staff look for and bring out the potential in all our cadets.
“We encourage every cadet to enrol in Duke of Edinburgh which costs £11 for bronze, which is a huge saving on school and other organisations prices.
“At 16 we encourage our cadets to take BTEC which is free.
“The ACF is a registered charity so the £500 donation from the Royal British Legion is solely for new equipment.
“I am always looking for a local sponsor who can assist us with equipment costs.
“We have been really fortunate over the last three years with people donating. This has meant we have replaced a lot of out dated equipment.
“We are also always looking for young people to join us and give it a go. So come on down and see us.”
For further information go online to www.armycadets.com/county/staffordshire-and-west-midlands-north-acf.
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