In what has been described as ‘a major coup’, the Leighton Buzzard army cadets detachment has won a prestigious award for their charitable work after raising more than £60,000 for ABF: The Soldier’s Charity.
The Revision trophy is awarded by the Army Benevolent Fund to the cadet unit in the UK who have raised the most money for charity.
Cadet leader Sam Hendy was presented with the award by Vice Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Colonel Colin Mason OBE on October 30.
It is the second time the Leighton cadet unit has won the award, ahead of much bigger cadet detachments in army towns across the UK.
Local organisers have described it as a major coup for the Leighton.
ABF charity co-ordinator Jacqui Sage Passant said: “I think it’s wonderful news, this is the next generation supporting our armed services and the charities that do so much for them.”
Activities they have gotten involved in include bag packing in local supermarkets, and they were instrumental in setting up the staging for the ABF bike ride in September.