A group of Army Cadets from the West Somerset area raised hundreds of pounds for charity earlier this month.
Seven Cadets, all of Minehead Platoon Somerset Army Cadet Force (ACF), spent Saturday April 5 in Tesco with collection buckets and raised £470 for The Soldiers’ Charity – ABF.
The Cadets who took part were Charlie Smith (15) and Sam Stenner (15) from Porlock and Tom Marlow (15), Matthew Camp (15), Tyron Ford (15) and Christopher Bingham (16) of Minehead.
The Platoon currently has 17 youngsters taking part in Cadet activities but the future of the group is still unknown due the lack of Adult Volunteers prepared to give their time.
Last month Minehead Platoon made a plea for more Adult Volunteers and if more do not appear soon, young people in West Somerset could face losing their local youth group.
As well as being given educational opportunities and the chance to take part in adventure activities, part of the training the Army Cadet Force provides is in citizenship and community service.
This volunteering includes learning about the statutory services, police, fire, ambulance and coast guard services as well as assisting at local functions collecting for charities, particularly those connected with the military, and carrying out voluntary work of worth to the local community.
Colonel Christopher Price, Somerset’s ABF collection co-ordinator was delighted with the Cadets’ work. He said:”£470 is a terrific total for a day’s work, my congratulations go to all of the Cadets involved. They should be very proud of themselves for raising the funds and it’s this kind of work that goes to show what an asset these Cadets are to their local community.”
Company Serjeant Major Graham Corner, Minehead Platoon’s leader, commented: “It is important to us that our Cadets to take part in these sorts of community activities.”
“It reminds people that our local youth are very capable of doing some good for the community and the charity work encourages Cadets to consider those less fortunate than themselves.
He added: “It is our hope that new volunteers for the Minehead Platoon surface soon as these young people are truly an asset to our local community. I know they would be devastated to lose their Platoon.”
“You don’t need a military background as the Army Cadet Force has a structured training programme.
“However, without new Adults willing to commit to the development of local youngsters our Platoon is in danger of reducing its meeting nights more than it has had to already.”
For information about joining Somerset ACF as an Adult Instructor or Cadet please visit www.armycadets.com/somersetacf , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01823 284486.