Air Cadets abseil to raise funds for Nepal trip

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

TWO cadets from 1122 ‘Marmion’ Squadron, Air Training Corps will be travelling to Nepal in October to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity – but they are looking for support to help make it happen.

The expedition is part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets experience and will see the participants attempt an expedition to Everest Base Camp and also complete a local community project at a school in Pokhara.

The funds each cadet will be required to raise to take part is significantly higher than expected and so Tamworth Informed want to help them raise the profile of the trip, and hopefully, encourage some support with funding.

Earlier in the month, they took part in a fundraising abseil where they jointly abseiled the height of Everest Base Camp at Teggs Nose Country Park in Macclesfield.

Eleven cadets from across Staffordshire Wing and West Mercian Wing took part in the fundraising effort.

This is what one of the participants, Sgt Lachlan York had to say to us: “Having attended the a talk by Flt Lt Steve Harris of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, we soon realized that the expedition was a once in a lifetime opportunity. He allowed us to dictate an itinerary that would interest us all. Collectively, we have decided to not only attempt an expedition to Everest Base Camp but also complete a local community project at a school in Pokhara.

“I believe that this will be a fantastic personal developmental opportunity for me both mentally and physically. As well as meeting many new people to complete the expedition with, as we are getting involved in a community project, I will also get a chance to work with the Nepalese people.

“Although my squadron are keen to assist me in raising funds for the expedition, we are also in need of a new mini-bus and other equipment in which I realize is for the whole squadron and not just individuals, it is this reason as why I am applying for funding. As I am still at school, in my GCSE year, my parents have advised that I am not allowed to apply for any part time jobs until school is finished as my studying is so important, in which I agree.

“Unfortunately, the original cost of the trip is higher than expected and although I am really happy that I have been selected for the expedition, I would not like my parents to fund the full cost.

“This trip will also form part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, as I hope to use this as my Residential section.

When applying for sixth form, and in the future jobs, I would hope to talk about my experiences as an Air Cadet and Nepal and would expect that the experience I have gained from this expedition and community project would put me in good stead for any application. The physical and mental challenge alone would show my commitment, organisational skills and passion to succeed.”

If you can assist the Air Cadets with their expedition, please contact them via their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/1122sqn/