Cadets boost battlefield tour funds

June 11, 2018

Elgin Army Cadets have been busy raising funds for a trip to honour the First World War fallen in Belgium and France. 

The cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Elgin Detachment organised an open afternoon to raise money for the trip to the Ypres and Vimy Ridge battlefields.

The event saw members of the public visit the detachment, based at Edgar Road, to learn more about the tour and take part in the various fundraising activities the cadets had organised, from bottle stalls to raffles.

The day was also a chance to let members of the public know more about the Army Cadets and the opportunities available by being a cadet or an adult volunteer. The event closed with a piping display from two members of the Battalion Pipes & Drums.

The event raised £200 towards the tour, on top of £500 already received to the detachment in the form of cash donations from local businesses.

Elgin Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Instructor Graeme Wells (26) said: “The support from the local community was overwhelming. On behalf of the detachment I would like to thank everyone who supported the event either by donating or by coming on the day. I am of course most proud of the cadets as the whole day was organised by them from start to finish.”

Four members of Elgin Detachment will be taking part in the Battlefield Tour from 20-25 June. They are Cadet Corporal Michael McBride (16), Cadet Lance Corporal Max Scot (15), Cadet Lance Corporal William Loftus (15) and their Detachment Commander SSI Wells.

Cpl Caitlin Shanks, Cdt Sofia Da Silva and Cdt Krysztof Madjeski provided refreshments.