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Cadets raise awareness and cash for RAF Benevolent Fund

Ten months of hard work came to fruition for Burnham on Crouch 2531 D/F Air Cadets when they handed over a cheque for £6,179 to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The funds were raised at an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the closing of RAF Bradwell Bay in Essex which attracted 2,000 people.

Burnham on Crouch 2531 D/F Air Cadets present a cheque to RAF Benson Station Commander Simon PatersonFlying Officer (VRT) Emma Sadler, from Burnham on Crouch 2531 D/F Air Cadets, presents a cheque to RAF Benson Station Commander Simon Paterson

The cadets set about arranging the entire event from the application for a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to designing flyers and promoting the day. They also played a major role on the day taking part in ceremonial duties including local dignitaries, manning the car park, and collecting money for their chosen charity.

The cadets also created 121 poppies, one for each of the airmen who lost their lives while serving at RAF Bradwell Bay, which were then released into the River Blackwater.

Corporal Kevin Perry, from RAF Benson, said: "The work they have done is nothing short of outstanding. It has also raised local interest in what once was RAF Bradwell Bay.

"The memorial always has poppies on it now, the roses and flower beds are looked after, and the Mosquito has even been re-painted! All because of the air cadets’ hard work in commemorating 70 years since the air base was decommissioned."

The cadets went along to RAF Benson recently and were hosted by the Station Commander Group Captain Simon Paterson, who received the cheque on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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