Cadets from the Brislington detachment of City and County of Bristol Army Cadet Force have won a national award for a magnificent fund raising effort in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
They raised £1,500 – the highest total in the South West and third highest in the country – in the Revision Cadet Challenge.
The President’s Certificate, signed by General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO DL, was awarded during Bristol ACF’s annual camp at Chickerell, near Weymouth, and presented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior MBE.
Robert Jordan, regional director of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (previously known as the Army Benevolent Fund), commended the cadets for their effort as the certificate was received by Lance Corporal Jamie Bradwell and Cadet Robert O’Leary, along with their Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Steve Bartlett.
Mrs Prior’s visit to the Cadets’ annual camp coincided with a range of activities, including field craft, and a trip to the nearby National Sailing Academy at Portland for instruction in canoeing and raft building. Some 200 cadets from all over Bristol attended the annual camp, accompanied by nearly 90 adult officers and instructors.
For Colonel Jane Thompson, Commandant of Bristol ACF, it was her last annual camp before handing over command after five years in post. She said: “I get a lot of pleasure in other people coming to visit and seeing just how much Cadets can achieve.
“I’m always being asked by my friends: ‘Why do you want to spend two weeks with a load of teenagers? I can’t imagine anything worse!’ I say to them: ‘Come and visit. You’ll see they are very impressive young people, very impressive indeed’.
“Luckily, over five years, I have been able to see them develop. There is a young man on camp who I have known since he was a boy of 12, and he is now living independently in his own flat at the age of 17.”
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