Our chief fundraiser, Non-Uniformed Volunteer Vanessa Rice, has been nominated for a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award and appeared on ITV news along with cadets and adults from Whittlesey Detachment. Now in its 23rd year, this award aims to celebrate the achievements of Britain’s unsung heroes.
Vanessa joined us in 2019 having been inspired by the difference our organisation had made to her son (now) Staff Cadet Under Officer Charlie Rice, and also seeing the transformative impact it had on others. She said; ‘seeing how it helped Charlie, how he grew in confidence, made me want to be able to ensure every child who joined the organisation had the same opportunity, that they could have the same kit, that everybody was the same. I’ve seen cadets progress from this shy, timid….child, to a full-on, I can do anything, and they take those skills with them through their life.’