Longton cadets ‘step up’ to the challenge of raising £300
Written by Jane Lythgoe on 15 October 2020
The Longton unit of the Staffordshire Police Cadets walked 200,000 steps to raise over £300, which will be used to help expand the scheme and give more young people the opportunity to join.
Eleven cadets and four leaders completed the socially distanced sponsored walk around Longton Park in under two hours, while another nine cadets took part in the challenge virtually from home.
The Staffordshire Police Cadets is aimed at young people aged between 13 and 17. It is designed to strengthen links between the police and young people, developing leadership skills, improving confidence and encouraging a sense of civic pride.
The scheme is funded entirely by charitable donations as it receives no government funding, but the Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to all charity fundraising events. As a result, up to 90% of the cadets’ fundraising income could be lost this year.
Longton cadet leader Clare Bee, who organised the walk, said: ‘I’ve been a cadet leader for five years and seeing the difference the scheme has made to these young adults has been nothing but rewarding. Seeing shy young teenagers blossom into confident, assertive adults is a great feeling.
‘Fundraising is the modern way of doing things and given these tough times, this walk was also a great chance to bring us back together from a distance.’
Kaitlyn Morrey, who took part in the walk from home, said: ‘Cadets has helped me so much with my confidence and has given me guidance as to what I need to accomplish to become a police officer.’
Deputy Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Sue Arnold added: ‘The cadet scheme is a wonderful way of engaging young people, some from challenging backgrounds, through a vibrant and positive programme of activities that give something back to their communities.
‘The pandemic has hit the charity hard, so I’m delighted to see these young people working together to raise money to help us reach more young people, so everyone can have the opportunity to become a cadet.’
If you’d like to make a donation to the Staffordshire Police Cadets, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/cadets