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Air Cadets Cross Borders for Cancer Support!

2014-12-09 13:40:40
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By Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson RAFVR(T) - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron

A group of talented young air cadets from the region flew in to Scotland this week to help raise £1,150 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The young people from 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron, were invited to the Order of St Lazarus’ dinner at The Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh to perform a First World War remembrance piece. The performance commemorated the Great War through spoken word and music with the Longbenton youngsters playing a major role by reading some of their writings from their excellent book, Frontline.

Earlier this year, the Longbenton Squadron teamed up with Northumbria University’s English Department to mark the First World War centenary in a special way. The young people thought about the experience of the war, how it was expressed through literature and how the war is still remembered through literature as well as images, cartoons, and similar.

Event organiser, Colonel Martin Passmore said, “I thank all of the cadets who made the evening so special. If there were stars there then it was undoubtedly the Longbenton Air Cadets and their contribution was both thought provoking and moving.”

A signed copy of the book fetched £65.00 at auction in aid of MacMillam Cancer Support.

Cadet Emilia Ross, 14, of Killingworth, said; “It was nerve wracking reading the poems to the audience but it was great to know that we were making a difference by helping to raise funds for a charity that supports people through difficult and tough times.”   

The young people have also teamed up with M&S this year to raise funds for MacMillan to help support essential services in local communities around the UK, like the famous Macmillan professionals.

Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. If you’re up for a challenge then visit squadron at

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