Army Cadet volunteer in charity calendar success



It’s not just our Cadets who win awards and accolades.

This weekend, Christchurch Detachment Commander, Thor Elsson came second in the ABF The Soldiers Charity Photo Competition. Not only having one of his photos featured in next years ABF Calendar but also picking up a new camera. 

His entry in the competition featured two cadets using a fire hose whilst on a visit to their local fire station back in February as part of their Cadet in the Community Syllabus. 

“It was just a quick snap with my phone as the Cadets took turns in working together on the hoses, the light and water spray just all came together. I’m really surprised and pleased it has won such an accolade”

Adding: “To be honest, I was gobsmacked to get an email telling me I’d made the top twelve and would be featured in the 2020 Calendar and even more surprised when I got the letter and prize delivered telling me I’d come second.”

The judging panel for the competition was made up of writer, broadcaster and actor, Gyles Brandreth; BBC R2’s Drivetime show host, Sara Cox; member of the British Army’s Ice Maiden team in 2018, Major Sandy Hennis; double Olympic Medallist Col. Dame Kelly Holmes; host of Afternoon Live on BBC, Simon McCoy and TV presenter and creator of the History Hit Network and TV streaming channel, Dan Snow. 

The 2020 Calendar will be out in September and helps raise funds for the Charity who give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. 

They make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.
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