On Tuesday 30th November, Melksham detachment welcomed back three former cadets who all left around 10 years ago; Rob McKelvey, Matt Painter, and Thomas Pritchard. The three former cadets and still good friends explained they and another former cadet, Ryan Abbot (who couldn’t make the visit) had recently completed the Welsh 3000s challenge to raise money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Wiltshire ACF.
The former cadets explained that their friend Jack Land who was a cadet alongside them at Melksham detachment and since progressed to being an adult instructor in Wiltshire ACF was involved in a major car accident a few years ago and was rescued by Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. The four friends decided to set out on the challenge to raise money for the air ambulance to say thank you for helping to save their friend's life and to give something back to the organisation that provided them with some amazing experiences growing up as well as the friendship that has lasted almost 15 years to date.
After presenting a cheque for £418.50 to Cdt Cpl Shore at Melksham detachment, the former cadets spoke with the cadets of today and explained how much they enjoyed their time in the ACF and how they remain close today to the friends, they originally made whilst they were cadets themselves