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Trust Support Ensures Awards Success

Published: 22 Sep 2021


A challenging trek through parks, forests, moors and along beaches, taking in some of the most beautiful and historically significant sites in the North-East, has proved particularly rewarding for a group of Air Cadets.

Organised by the Ulysses Trust and funded by the RAF Charitable Trust, the expedition by 34 members of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron, from North Tyneside, saw them put their navigation, campcraft and teamwork skills to the test as they trekked their way along the Northumberland Coastline and Cleveland Hills to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Of the youngsters, who also undertook first aid training in preparation for the expedition, 12 have completed their Bronze DofE Award, while 11 have completed Silver and 10 Gold.

Cadet Corporal Morgan Campbell, 16, who has achieved her Silver DofE Award, added, "It was great fun being out independently in the hills, helping each other as we went; from getting a water bottle out the side zip for a teammate to putting the tent up and cooking."

Cadet Corporal Daniel Jackson, 17, who was going for his Gold DofE Award, said: "We had great weather, on the whole, which meant we had fantastic visibility as we trekked different environments.

"Although we couldn't get to the lakes due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were able to trek along St Oswald's Way, which gave us an insight into the 97 miles of local history - the castles, coastline, islands, river valleys, hills, villages, forests and moors."

Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: "I've been tremendously impressed with the groups, who worked well together and showed great humour, determination and resilience. I'm absolutely delighted that their hard work and effort led them to enjoy the experience, developing many life skills and we are all very proud of them for their achievement.

"I sincerely thank The Ulysses Trust and the RAF Charitable Trust for supporting our young people to enjoy this life-changing opportunity."

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