Fantastic Fundraising at 1114
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By Cadet Warrant Officer Taylor - 1114 (Gosforth) Squadron
2013 was certainly a busy year for Gosforth squadron, not least because of the significant contributions 1114 has made to local and nationwide charities. Tombolas, cake sales, raffles, the Great North Run and many other novel ideas joined the more traditional bag pack to help fundraise for various charities.
Gosforth has managed to raise £2095.74 for the Royal British Legion over the course of 2013, an incredible achievement. More notable perhaps was the £1012 raised for the RAF Association Wings Appeal, for this is the highest amount of money a squadron in the Newcastle area has ever raised for the appeal. This fantastic achievement earned Gosforth squadron the RAFA trophy for the Newcastle area. CI Fiona O’Roarty raised almost £600 for RAFA by taking part in the BUPA Great North Run, whilst a number of bag packs added to the total that won Gosforth the coveted RAFA trophy.
Dedication, commitment and a willingness to give up one’s time to aid another was what drove dozens of the squadron’s cadets to raise money not only for RAFA and Royal British Legion, but also for Tickled Pink, Peter Pan and Smile for Life, to name a few. The squadron has also had a significant impact at the annual Gregg’s Children’s Cancer Run in Gosforth, which it takes part in every year.
The cadets of 1114 have also raised over £250 for the UKAYRoC Rocketry Competition to be held in May this year, which the team came second in last year. Significant amounts of money have also been made in order to buy new band equipment for the squadron, whose band is always a large presence on Remembrance Sunday.
Gosforth looks forward to more fundraising this year, with recipe books being sold to raise money for the squadron and a number of RAFA ‘Name the Bear’ competitions being run by cadets and staff alike in the community to raise even more money for RAFA.
For more information please visit the Squadron website