Over the weekend, cadets from the squadron have once again taken advantage of the wide array of activities offered by the Air Training Corps. Cpl Bell completed her St John Ambulance Activities First Aid Course with FS Riley and Cdt Forster travelling to the inter wing cross country competition in Blackburn.
In addition to this, on Sunday morning 15 cadets participated in an archery session. Thank you to Seaham Harbour Cricket Club for use of your facilities. The squadron raised funds to purchase the archery equipment last year, and would also like to thank County Durham Housing Group for their donation of £500 in support of this activity.
Following the archery, the cadets participated in a litter pick. Both of these activities can be used by the cadets towards The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The cadets collected over 20 bags of litter, as well as a shopping trolley from Rockhouse Dene in Seaham. It was great to see that the volume of litter in the area was vastly reduced from that collected on previous visits.
Unfortunately, before the team were able to fully remove all of the bags of litter collected, a group of 4 local teenagers thought it appropriate to set fire to a trolley which had been left and throw a number of the bags back into the water. This was not only disheartening for the cadets, who watched their hard work go to waste, but also resulted in a County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service call out, utilising valuable resources that may have been needed elsewhere.
The squadron will continue to complete community activities and litter picks, showing the people of Seaham and the wider community that not all young people act in the same way and will continue to be the excellent role models that they are.