1239 Cadets Thanked for Fundraising Efforts

Air Cadets from 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron were recently invited to a ceremony at County Hall, Hertford for the Hertfordshire Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Cadet Challenge.

The cadets were formally thanked for their contribution towards the Royal British Legion's 2013 Poppy Appeal campaign byCommodore Tim Hennessey, a Deputy Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, the Countess of Verulam.

During November's collections, the staff and cadets raised £1099.99. The Squadron were joined at the ceremony at County Hall by local Poppy Appeal organiser Ray Cook of the Hoddesdon Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Squadron OC, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards and cadets of 1239 Squadron with Commodore Tim Hennessey DL

Numerous cadet units from the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force as well as other Air Cadet Squadrons from across Hertfordshire attended the event and collectively, cadets across Hertfordshire raised a fantastic total of over £88,000.

Cllr Richard Smith, Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, Commodore Tim Hennessey DL, Cadet Corporal Alex Francis, winner of the Outstanding Cadet Award and Larry Heyman from First Capital Connect

Cadet Corporal Alex Francis of 1239 Squadron was also fortunate enough to be nominated for, and selected by the Lord Lieutenant, for the Outstanding Cadet Award.

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Mark Richards commented "it was great to hear the fantastic total raised by cadets from across Hertfordshire for such a great cause and 1239 Squadron were pleased to play a part in helping to raise these vital funds. Additionally, it's fantastic to have one of our cadets, Cadet Corporal Alex Francis, selected for the Outstanding Cadet Award by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant".