Newquay detachment commander SSI Angela Mckendrick is taking on the 268 mile Pennine Way Challenge with 6 veterans to raise money and awareness of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during May 2021. Although Angela isn’t herself a veteran, she is taking part in this challenge to support her friends and family who have needed support from organisations such as these in the past. Angela has been an adult instructor at Cornwall Army Cadets for over 5 years and is the new detachment commander at Newquay. It is through links whilst training with the Army Cadets that led her to joining this challenge.
Newquay Cadet leader prepares for Penine Way Challenge
A few years ago Angela struggled to walk up a hill without getting out of breath, now a little under two years later, she is walking 30k in a single day and inspiring other woman in her local area to put on their walking boots and heading off into the wild. Angela has been training on her own and within a support bubble around the Newquay area and can often be seen with her heavy pack, each week getting a little heavier to build up strength ready for the challenge.
each day is going to be intense with different mental and physical challenges along the way, but I'm looking forward to meeting them head on
Angela said, “I’m looking forward to the hike. I'm really lucky that I'm doing this with such a great and supportive team, I know that each day is going to be intense with different mental and physical challenges along the way, but I'm looking forward to meeting them head on. The support I've also had from the Army Cadet Adventure Training team and family throughout the past year has been amazing and it's really pushed me to achieve my goals that's got me to this point.”
The Pennine way is the oldest and toughest national trails in Britain. They plan to complete it in 16 days, walking a total of 268 miles. The team is made up of Angela and a group of Veterans including Darren Williamson, Steve Pryce, Chris Broome, Ricky Bushel, Bill Haley and Mark Hufflet, many of them suffering from metal health themselves. They want to give back to those who help and support Veterans by raising funds but also show that while looking after your self and each other as part of a team, you can achieve anything.
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Angela is joining a growing number of members of the Army Cadets raising money while pushing themselves to achieve their goals, especially during this time when other activities have not been possible and charities have needed and extra source of fundraising.
While being an Army Cadet instructor, Angela’s confidence has increased and she has learnt to push herself more than she could have ever dreamed of before. If you would like to know more about these inspiring activities and about joining the Army Cadets as a cadet or adult instructor, please go to armycadets.com