East Ham cadets handed award

(L-R) Billy Moore, Cdt Sergeant Kevin Alarcon, Cdt Corporal Luiza Stewart and Flt Sgt Shoheb Akhtar

(L-R) Billy Moore, Cdt Sergeant Kevin Alarcon, Cdt Corporal Luiza Stewart and Flt Sgt Shoheb Akhtar accept their award from Simon Cox, Managing Director of ISS UK Ltd. - Credit: Archant

East Ham air cadets picked up a top award for going above and beyond the call of duty for charity.

The 282 Squadron of Royal Air Force cadets won Squadron of the Year in recognition for its support for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The cadets assisted at events hosted by the charity over the year, liaising with guests at the British Military Tournament and cheering on London 10km runners with upbeat music from their band, alongside their volunteering.

Head of regional fundraising for the charity, Phillippa Gullen, said: “The cadets are fantastic and incredibly generous with their time. Whether fundraising, cheering, or assisting with events, they are always enthusiastic, on time, and in correct uniform. They are a delight to work with and we appreciate their support.”

Flight Sergeant Shoheb Akhtar said: “Our cadets are thrilled to win the Squadron of the Year award. In joining the Air Training Corps, they have already expressed an interest in public service.

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Supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund, in any capacity, further develops their commitment to service and aids a fantastic charity.”

The Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and works to provide financial, emotional and practical support to serving members of the RAF, veterans and their families.

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