A significant investment in facilities for reserves and cadets in North Wales has received support from Darren Millar AM.

The development at Kinmel Camp, Bodelwyddan, near Rhyl, will provide new offices, stores and a briefing room for 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital and HQ Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Founding member and now Chair of the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on the Armed Forces and Cadets, Darren Millar AM, recently visited the camp to see progress.

He said: “It is vital that reservists and cadets have 21st century facilities which are fit for purpose, so I was delighted to visit Kinmel to see the new building, which is being developed, and to hear about future plans for the Camp.

“Kinmel Camp has an incredible history and the investment it is now seeing will ensure that it is an important focal point for reservist and cadet training and other activities for many years to come.”

The endorsement comes as reservists around Wales and the United Kingdom mark Reserves Day, a national event to celebrate the contribution of reservists who make up approximately one-sixth of the armed forces.

The project is being managed by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, who provide advice and assistance to the armed forces, and phase one, which forms  part of the development of the camp, is scheduled to be completed in September.

Colonel Nick Beard, Chief Executive of RFCA for Wales, said: “As the enabling voice for reserves and cadets in Wales, we are very proud to deliver this new building.  This is the start of the rejuvenation of the camp, which will eventually be the focus for reserves and cadets in and around North Wales.

“Importantly, members of C Detachment, 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital will be located a stone’s throw away from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. This new accommodation will increase the footprint of the armed forces community in North Wales. I am delighted to provide up-to-date modern accommodation that attracts young men and women to join the reserves and cadets and contribute so much to their local communities.”

RFCA for Wales provides the venues where reserves and cadets work and train that unlocks their potential. This includes building and maintaining the training centres where they learn new skills and gain new qualifications.

There are 2,200 reserves in Wales, who are valued members of the Defence family. C Detachment of 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital use their transferable skills in their military and civilian careers, dedicating a minimum of 27 days a year to service.

There over 600 cadets with Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF and they’re spread across more than 30 detachments covering the length and breadth of North Wales.

By combining youth work and military themed training, cadets grow through life changing experiences and community-based activities. It provides young people with opportunities to gain personal and practical skills to use in their everyday lives, and prepares them to take their place in society as responsible adults.

They gain nationally recognised qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, St John’s Ambulance First Aid and BTEC awards, as well as adventurous training.

The UK National Armed Forces Day event will be held in Llandudno on Saturday 30 June 2018. It is a chance to commemorate and celebrate past and present Service personnel. Use #SaluteOurForces to join in the activities online.

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