Words and image courtesy of Dorset Army Cadet Force.
Cadets from Dorset Army Cadet Force, East Company held a “Big Sleep Out” in July 2023 in order to raise awareness of and funds for the Charity “Helping Homeless Veterans UK”. This is the second year that the event has taken place and this year it was organised by the more senior 3 star Cadets from Wallisdown Detachment, as part of their Community Engagement Syllabus. All of the Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers gave up a Saturday night in order to sleep either in tents, shelters or on cardboard with a sleeping bag whilst also getting sponsorship.
The aim of the Helping Homeless Veterans UK Charity is to home Veterans whom for whatever reason, end up on the streets. A few Veterans from the Charity attended and gave a talk about their experience living on the streets, the struggles that they faced, and most importantly how the Charity has assisted them and changed their life’s situation.
The Cadets raised a whopping £5720.00 which they recently presented to the Charity.
Detachment Commander of Wallisdown Detachment 2Lt Franks said “Overall it was a fantastic night hosted by the 3 Star Cadre, who should be very proud of themselves for organising such an event.”
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