Generous shoppers helped air cadets raise more than £2,000 for their squadron.
Teenage cadets from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron ATC spent two days before Christmas packing bags at Morrisons, Tynemouth.
The squadron, which provides charitable support every year, was delighted to raise much needed funds for themselves to help pay for new equipment, sporting activities and cultural visits.
Flight Lieutenant Dan Laidler, said: “I am pleased so many cadets gave up two days of their holiday to raise money for the Squadron and help relieve some of the festive pressure on shoppers by being on hand to help pack bags.
“Everyone was in good spirits and it was fantastic that so many people gave so willingly and generously.
“We are always looking for ways to raise money to help fund our educational and adventure activities.”
“We would like to thank Morrisons for giving us the chance to raise funds in this way, and we really appreciate that so many people allowed our cadets to help them out.
“Every penny raised has made a massive difference to our ongoing fundraising efforts.”
Sgt John David Adams, 16, who is currently studying for his A-levels at Whitley Bay High School, said: “There was a lot of good humoured banter while we packed the bags, and we had the chance to chat to shoppers, many of whom had ties with our Squadron and happy memories of being a cadet themselves.
“I know how important it is to raise money for the Squadron so we can continue taking part in the many incredible and exciting activities offered.
“I’ve had the chance to do things that other people my age could only dream of, like flying and parachuting, and I got the chance in October to spend 10 days at RAF Troodos on Cyprus.
“None of these things would be possible if we didn’t raise money. All the cadets know they will benefit.”
Flt Lt Laidler added that the bag packs had positively helped raise the profile of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron.
“Teenagers often get a bad press, but many shoppers complimented our cadets on their courtesy and appearance,” he said.
“We pride ourselves on giving our cadets the chance to engage positively with both school life and the local community.”
For more on the squadron visit www.346sqn.co.uk