Donation reignites activity dreams for squadron

Area sales manager Joanne Hoyland and technical director David Faraday are pictured handing over the cheque
Area sales manager Joanne Hoyland and technical director David Faraday are pictured handing over the cheque

In fine formation, members of Church Fenton Air Training Corps prepare for their latest adventure but the only thing missing is their minibus.

The 2434 (Church Fenton) Squadron ATC in Tadcaster have been left stranded after their old vehicle was written off following a very nasty accident.

But the group are hoping to get back on the road after developer, Redrow, is helping them with a £1,000 donation towards their fundraising appeal to buy a new one.

Flying Officer at 2434 (Church Fenton) Squadron ATC, Marcus Griffiths, said: “The cadets go on many activities including flying, athletics, swimming, adventure training weekends, band and summer camps.

“It’s our goal to take our cadets to places in the region where they can experience things others can only dream of.”

After the accident, which thankfully didn’t involve any of the cadets, their aims have had to be put on hold.

The incident led to the minibus they relied on to transport them around being written off by the squadron’s insurance company.

With an around £4000 shortfall between the insurance pay-out and investing in a new one, the cadets have been carrying out a host of new activities to raise much-needed cash.

The group have been helped in their fundraising mission by a donation from homebuilder Redrow.

The generosity has taken the group to just under £1,000 short of the final target for their minibus.

To raise the rest of the money the group have a whole host of other activities planned including a supermarket bag pack.

Members of the squadron were invited to tour the Redrow’s Saxon Gardens development in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

There they learnt about engineering challenges and career opportunities in the housing industry.

Joanne Hoyland, the area sales manager for Redrow Homes in Yorkshire, said: “When we heard of the air cadets’ plight we were keen to help out.

“We now hope that other local businesses will follow our lead and give the squadron the boost they need to get back on the road.”

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Anyone wishing to donate to the squadron’s minibus fund can call 01937 557340.