Thurston (863) Air Cadets cleaned cars on Saturday as a thank you for support from business and community groups in Bury St Edmunds that have helped them to acquire much-needed equipment.
A1 Cars of Bury St Edmunds have made a ‘very generous’ donation to the group and offered it the use of a mini bus while Arco, also of Bury, kitted out the cadets in new hi-visibility vests and waterproofs.
Major Richard Jacobs, Acting Adjutant 863 (Thurston) Squadron, said. “These practical offers of support and kit are vital to the cadets being able to undertake a range of activities. The use of a minibus and Arco clothing will enable cadets to do adventure training, get to sports competitions and help out at community events. We are very grateful to A1 and Arco, as well as individuals who have so charitably given their support and active assistance to the cadets.”
A ‘significant’ donation from members of Suffolk’s Magna Carter Masonic Lodge has also helped with the purchase of a second-hand mini bus for the squadron and its travel to outdoor events.
Ian Yeldham, Provincial Grand Master of Suffolk Freemasons, said. “They are pleased to be able to support a non Masonic charity and it was important to be help these local young people in communities where they may not be able to get help from others.”