AIR CADETS FLYING HIGH AFTER HOUSE BUILDER'S DONATION
A Sunderland based Air Cadet group has been gifted a £1,000 donation towards the purchase of a mini bus.
Persimmon Homes Durham has donated the cash to the 111 (Sunderland) Squadron as part of their Community Champions scheme.
The Squadron offers young people aged 12- 20 opportunities in flying, gliding and adventure training, as well as the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh award.
They applied for the funding via the Persimmon Community Champions initiative. It is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Flight Lieutenant James Yeo RAFVR(T) said: “The money donated by Persimmon will go towards our disabled- access minibus project, ensuring that this chance is accessible to even more people.
“Air Cadets is a fantastic opportunity for young people and the cadets have managed to raise an impressive £7,500 through community projects. Together with the Community Champions donation it will go towards the new vehicle, everyone is delighted by the donation.”
Christine Cooper, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Durham, said: “We are thrilled to donate to 111 Squadron; the experiences offered by the unit ensure that young people learn essential skills for later life as well as helping to foster community spirit.”