Last week, army cadets from Brecon Detachment welcomed two Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV) to 160th Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales as the pair were undertaking a mammoth fundraising expedition across Britain.

Major Richard Walton and Colonel Terry Hayter, who is also the Army Cadet Force Association’s (ACFA) National Sports Development Manager, passed through Brecon on the seventh leg of a 1000-mile cycle around Britain in aid of the Matthew Bacon Bursary Fund.

Along the route, they also visited the Hay-on-Wye, Cwrt-y-Gollen and Raglan Barracks Detachments where smiling faces, refreshments and a very warm Welsh welcome were appreciated.

Starting in Scotland on 7 May, the team passed through 10 regions in 10 days and visited all ten ACF Brigade Headquarters en route. Hoping to inspire cadets and CFAVs to do the same, a number of ACF units took to their own saddles to join them along the way.

Since undertaking the challenge, Major Walton and Colonel Hayter have raised over £1800 for the Matthew Bacon Bursary Fund, which relies on additional fundraising activities to continue providing opportunities to cadets who would benefit most.

Mr Roger Bacon set up the Matthew Bacon Bursary in 2007 to enable underprivileged cadets to take part in outward-bound courses or expeditions and give them the opportunity to develop the self-confidence they need grow and thrive in their current and adult lives.

The Bursary Fund is named for Mr Bacon’s son, Major Matthew Bacon, an Army Cadet from Surrey ACF who went on to join the British Army in 1988. While serving with the Intelligence Corps, Matthew was sadly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on 11th September 2005.

He loved soldiering, had a passion for physical exercise, was known for his tremendous sense of humour, his prodigious and infectious enthusiasm, and his willingness to do anything challenging.

Colonel Hayter said: “I was privileged to have known Matty after we met as young Surrey Army Cadets in our teenage years. As an all-round sportsman, he would be honoured to know that this challenge was taking place in his name.

“As a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer within the Army Cadet Force and the ACFA National Sports Development Manager, I see my cadets achieve amazing things every day. With the help of charitable funds such as The Matthew Bacon Bursary, many young people from all across the UK have benefited and will benefit from scholarships towards life changing outward bound courses, when they might not have been able to take up this opportunity otherwise.”

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