Cadets raise funds for squadron

Cadet David Hollingworth starts the final climb to the summit.
Cadet David Hollingworth starts the final climb to the summit.

Air cadets, staff and civilian committee members boosted their squadron’s funds by climbing a mountain and packing bags, all on the site of a supermarket.

The 1890 Dronfield squadron, which is based on the town’s Hartington Road, used a mobile climbing tower to do the sponsored climb.

The cadets set the goal to climb Mount Snowdon, a height of 1,085m in shifts, while carrying out bag packing duties inside the Dronfield branch of Sainsbury’s.

Participating cadets completed their climbing challenge in under four hours. Members of the public were also given the chance to climb the tower and learn more about the range of activities the air cadet movement does.

The cadets raised £1,300 over the three-day event.

Cadet Sam Lee (15), who attends Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, said: “It was really fun climbing the tower to raise funds. It’s a very different and fun way to raise the funds we need.

“Working in shifts meant that we all got a chance to go on the wall and pack bags inside the shop.”

Flt Lt Stephen Broomhead, officer commanding Dronfield Squadron, said: “This way of fundraising is new for us here in Dronfield. The cadets have really enjoyed the day and the wall has shown the public that we don’t just fly planes and that we do a wide variety of activities in the air cadets.”

Anybody interested in joining the local air cadets squadron should call (01246) 410714 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays. To join you must be aged between 13 and 17 years old.