Bag packing helps boost cadets’ fund

Cadets John David Adams and Kai Korzonek, both 15, were among the 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron contingent who gave up their time to bag pack at Morrisons.
Cadets John David Adams and Kai Korzonek, both 15, were among the 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron contingent who gave up their time to bag pack at Morrisons.

Big-hearted shoppers have helped air cadets raise more than £1,300 for their squadron.

The cadets from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron ATC spent two days before Christmas packing bags at Morrisons’ supermarket in Preston Grange, North Shields.

And the youngsters, aged 12 to 17, were looking to raise much needed funds for their squadron after raising money for the annual Poppy and Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeals during the year.

The squadron’s Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Dan Laidler, 25, said: “We are always looking for ways to raise money to help fund our educational and adventure activities.

“We met some fabulous people and it was fantastic that so many gave so generously.

“We would like to thank Morrisons for giving us the chance to raise funds in this way.

“Every penny raised has made a massive difference to our ongoing fundraising efforts.”

Corporal Ethan Lloyd, 15, said: “It was hard work but everyone had fun. There was a lot of laughter and banter and while we packed bags we had the chance to chat to shoppers, many of whom had ties with our squadron and happy memories of being a cadet themselves.”

The squadron, which meets twice a week on Tuesday and Friday nights at its headquarters in Military Road, North Shields, runs a full calendar of activities from flying and gliding days to adventure training, the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, shooting and field craft.

New recruits aged 12 years and over are welcomed at 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron and are issued with a free uniform. Those interested in joining or wanting more information should email Flt Lt Laidler at oc.346@aircadets.org.