It may be nearly two months since Christmas but this week 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron received a welcome reminder of last year’s festivities. Flying Officer Paul Blackman and three of the unit’s one hundred and four cadets were happy to receive a cheque for £200 presented by the local branch of the Lions Club.
The cheque was reward for helping with the Lions Club Christmas ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ appeal. In the evenings before Christmas cadets from 2160 helped collect money by accompanying the Santa Claus as his float processed around Sleaford. 2160 have been happy to be part of this charity collection for a number of years and share the duty with local Scout groups.
At a special social gathering organised by the Lions Club of Sleaford Flying Officer Blackman, Cadet Warrant Officer Millie Osborne, Cadet Sergeant Matt Brand and Cadet Alisha Hicks received the cheque from Lions President Mr Bob Coxhead. The assembled members gave a round of applause when the squadron representatives were called forward to receive the cheque.
Flying Officer Blackman said: – “We feel honoured to assist the Lions with their Christmas appeal; they do so much good work in the local community and their support to our squadron is greatly appreciated.”
For some of the Lions members meeting the cadets from 2160 gave them a chance to take a trip down memory lane. Quite a few were former cadets, many at Sleaford. They recalled many anecdotes from their time with the Air Cadets and in response the current cadets were able to compare experiences.