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Trust Funds for Air Cadets to Set Sail

Published: 17 May 2018

The RAF Charitable Trust has funded an expedition for RAF Air Cadets to sail a 21 metre ketch from North Shields; enabling them to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) residential.

The DofE is the world's leading youth achievement award and through volunteering, physical activity, life skills and expeditions, helps young people's personal development and employability. 

The expedition - Seascape 18 - departs on the 25th June, returning on the 29th. The five day sailing trip will see 10 cadets from HQ Cumbria & Lancashire Wing and two from Greater Manchester Wing board and then sail the Ocean Youth Trust North 'James Cook' vessel, attaining a Competent Crew Certificate in the process.

Sqn Ldr Kevin Dolan said: "This will be a new experience for the cadets and will provide a unique opportunity for individuals to develop and enhance their interpersonal skills. These prized skills are transferable and will hopefully enhance their life prospects within the Air Cadets and workplace.

"There are wide economic and social differences within the wing; without additional funding, some cadets were likely to be dissuaded from even considering applying."

The Trust's funding of the DofE residential will enable the cadets to qualify for the prestigious Gold award.

RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton said: "The DofE Award is a fantastic achievement - one that we are proud to facilitate for the cadets. We wish them the best of luck on their expedition."

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