161 (Ullapool) DF raises £900 for CRY

December 13, 2016

Cadets and staff from 161 (Ullapool) Detached Flight (DF) of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, held their annual Christmas Dining in Night at the Morefield Motel, Ullapool. 

The 10 December event was an opportunity for the DF’s Commanding Officer, Warrant Officer ATC Colin Boyle, to present a fundraising cheque of £900 to the local branch of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The DF has supported this charity since 1998, two years after the DF was formed in 1996, this being their 20th anniversary year.

The local CRY branch is administered by Alex and Fraser Fotheringham whose daughter, Joanne, died unexpectedly of an un-diagnosed heart problem. She was only in her twenties with no previous heart trouble.

CRY was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) and sudden death syndrome (SDS). Money raised in the Lochbroom area is used in the area to run screening clinics for young people in the parish.

Since 1998 the Ullapool cadets have raised a total of £25,625 for CRY by taking part in the Great Wilderness Challenge (GWC). The cadets and staff would like to thank the GWC for both allowing them to participate in the event but for also boosting their sponsorship total each year with a contribution resulting in this current financial total. For one of the smallest DF’s within the RAF Air Cadets this is quite an achievement.

Main picture (above): Group staff and cadets with Mr Fraser Fotheringham of CRY with the £900 cheque and a thermometer showing the money total from 1998 to 2016.

Presentation of the £900 cheque to Mr Fraser Fotheringham from CRY by Warrant Officer ATC Colin Boyle.

Presentation of the £900 cheque to Mr Fraser Fotheringham from CRY by Warrant Officer ATC Colin Boyle.


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