Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cadets collect for Charity on Armed Forces Day

HENLEY’S army cadets raised more than £1,600 for Help for Heroes on Armed Forces Day.

HENLEY’S army cadets raised more than £1,600 for Help for Heroes on Armed Forces Day.

The 12- to 18-year-olds from the Oxfordshire (the Rifles) Army Cadet Force were collecting in the town centre on Saturday.

Mike Quigley, company Sergeant Major and officer commanding, said: “I’ve taken over as the co-ordinator for this event and it’s a fantastic start. I’m very pleased and proud of my cadets. I’d like to thank the townspeople for their generosity — it’s much appreciated.”

The Armed Forces Day table run by the Caversham branch of the Royal British Legion and the 9th platoon Caversham army cadets raised £1,168.25 for the Poppy Appeal.

The total included cash from some “home saver” poppy money boxes and all-year round collecting tins. Pauline Palmer, branch treasurer and Caversham Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “It’s great having young and old alongside each other at these kind of events. Both the cadet force and the Legion had people showing interest in joining.



“People are really supportive of our armed forces and fully appreciate what we as a country owe them and their families.”



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