Air cadets have sent a message of thanks for their goodie bags bought thanks to a donation from the Wales Reserves and Cadets Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Although the coronavirus pandemic  put a halt on all face-to-face activities for cadets – activity in the virtual world stepped up.

New ways of engaging with cadets online to both retain membership and support their progression through the training syllabus were developed by squadrons including 277 Blackwood Squadron who were awarded a grant of £500 in recognition of their efforts.

“We are extremely grateful for the grant of £500 which we used to provide each cadet with a ‘goodie bag’ in the form of a drawstring sports bag containing a Red Arrows Airfix model, a pen (engraved with squadron name), a notepad, a drinks bottle, an LED torch, some sweets and a can of drink. Constructing Airfix models is a skill that all Air Cadets acquire and is one that they can learn in the comfort of their own home,” said Pilot Officer Jenkins (Officer Commanding).

“I hope this gesture of appreciation to our cadets for sticking with us will ensure that they keep the RAF Air Cadets at the front of their mind and look forward to returning when it is safe to do so,” said Plt Off Jenkins.

The gifts were gratefully received  from the cadets and parents alike. Parents commented on how they were overwhelmed by the amount of support and activities air cadets were continuing to provide in these difficult times.

Cadet McGing said, “Thank you for my bag which was delivered, I am very grateful. I am going to get my Bamp to help build the plane with me.”

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