Grantham cadets win national Squadron of the Year award for their fund-raising efforts

Grantham air cadets with their Squadron of the Year Award. Pictured from left are CI Michelle James, Cadet Sgt Abbie Stevens, Cadet FS Ben Sellars, RAFBF trustee Allan Vaughan and Flt Lt Paul James.

Grantham air cadets with their Squadron of the Year Award. Pictured from left are CI Michelle James, Cadet Sgt Abbie Stevens, Cadet FS Ben Sellars, RAFBF trustee Allan Vaughan and Flt Lt Paul James.

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Grantham air cadets have won national award for their fund-raising efforts.

The cadets of 47(F) Squadron picked up their Squadron of the Year award at a ceremony on Thursday held in the Victory Services Club in London where the RAF Benevolent Fund thanked its outstanding donors and volunteers.

The recipients were joined at the event by Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford and Lady Pulford. This is the third year that the RAF Benevolent Fund has recognised the remarkable contributions made by a few of the dedicated individuals, stations, and corporate partners who support the charity each year.

47(F) Squadron Grantham Air Training Corps scooped the award for ATC Squadron of the Year. The air cadets of 47(F) Squadron have generously donated their time and energy to help the RAF Benevolent Fund at a number of events over recent years.

Officer Commanding 47(F) Flight Lieutenant Paul James said: “This award is for every member of the squadron. It was such a surprise to win this award as we didn’t even know we had been nominated. We all have a great time supporting the RAFBF and they always make sure our cadets are looked after at any event they attend or take part in. The RAFBF work very hard to support every member of the RAF family which we are a part of. We will continue to support the RAFBF in the best way we can and thank them for this award.”

Mike Neville, Director of Fundraising at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Supporters and fund-raisers are vital to the work the RAF Benevolent Fund does. Without them we simply could not fulfil our pledge to help members of the RAF community overcome many different challenges.

“It was difficult to choose just nine recipients to be recognised as the Fund is so appreciative of the efforts of all our fund-raisers and volunteers. We are indebted to all of our amazing supporters, and our award winners in particular, for their hard work and effort on behalf of the charity.”