Although all Cadet face-to-face activity has ceased in the real world, activity in the virtual world has been stepped up – with many adult volunteers also among our nation’s key workers.

The Army Cadets, the Sea Cadets and Air Cadets have all shown their resourcefulness and are as busy as ever with virtual parade nights, online learning and some have even formed virtual choirs! Listen here to the choir from 30F Llandaff Squadron Air Cadets.

Many Cadets are putting on their uniforms and taking part in the clap or salute for the NHS on Thursday nights and posting pictures online to show their support.

Further support for the NHS has also been shown by one Cadet, Staff Sergeant Holly Vincentelli of Gwent and Powys ACF who has painted a rainbow tribute on her home to thank NHS and keyworkers on the frontline of coronavirus. The 17-year-old Lord Lieutenant Cadet for Powys hopes villagers in Machynlleth will add their handprints.

While Cadet Corporal Jessica Chick also of Gwent and Powys ACF has been making face masks for healthcare workers. She said, “I want to thank all the people putting themselves at risk to make our lives safer.”

And Cadet Corporal Aiden Daniel, 16, from Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF has not been idle either during lockdown. He has used his knowledge gained from the RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme, to be successful at interview to train as a healthcare support worker and expects to begin work soon at the Field Hospital, Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

His mum Linda Daniel, of Seven Sisters said, “I am very proud of Aiden, although I didn’t expect to be sending my 16-year-old out to work in a pandemic.”

Many of the Cadet Force adult volunteers supporting the virtual activity are also busy in their day jobs as key workers – ranging from bus drivers to bakers and from nurses to police officers and healthcare workers.

Senior Sergeant Instructor Jenny Smith of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF is a healthcare assistant at Tregaron community hospital where she is on standby to receive patients with coronavirus.

The former Army Reserve medic said, “I feel like Darth Vader while wearing PPE. It is very hot and hard to work in and it certainly hinders communication, so please help the NHS and stay safe, stay at home. Think of others it could be your family”.

Sergeant Instructor and Army veteran Simon Kendall of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF works for a parcel service delivering directly to NHS, pharmacies and vulnerable people. While outside of work and Cadet duties he uses his motorcycle to deliver prescriptions and supplies to the vulnerable as part of a local programme.

He is also a response volunteer in a national veterans volunteer programme – Team Rubicon UK Op RE:ACT to Covid-19 and was part of the manpower team that helped transform Cardiff’s Principality Stadium into the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

“Every conflict has a different challenge and as an ex-soldier I couldn’t sit back and let others do the work when I could volunteer through Team Rubicon and do my bit,” said Simon, from Llanelli.

Keeping checking our social media channels as we share ‘shout outs’ to thank Cadet Force adult volunteer key workers and updates on Cadet activity.

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