PLAIN SAILING FOR DURHAM ARMY CADETS AND VETRANS

15 November 2017

Two Durham Army Cadets are to embark on a voyage of remembrance, adventure and personal development to mark a century-old anniversary.

Cadet Corporal Jake Gregory, 16 from Hebburn and Cadet Nicholas Cardledge, 16 from Consett are two of 96 Army Cadets to undertake the challenge which is being staged to mark the close of the First World War next year. Our two cadets have been selected from the entire UK Cadet Forces.

Lord Dannatt’s Round Britain Challenge next summer is the ultimate nod to the armed forces and their sacrifice for their country.

We need your help to raise £1995 to fundraise for the trip and to contribute to ex-service charities.

Jake said; ”Last year I was very lucky to visit the World War One sites and memorials. I also visited the National Memorial Arboretum, a national memorial site which is the growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country. It was very emotional to see all those lost lives. This is also my chance for me to say thank you in a practical way to service men and women for their sacrifices and to learn what service means.”

In 2018 as part of the remembrance activities to mark the close of the First World War, 48 injured soldiers and 96 cadets will embark on a voyage of remembrance, adventure and personal development as part of the Lord Dannatt’s around Britain Challenge.

The team will work together to sail around Great Britain on board a specially adapted tall ship, changing crew every 10 days in each capital city (London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff), In each change over port there will be a celebration of remembrance, inclusivity and diversity.

Each 10-day voyage will see 12 injured service personnel and 24 cadets and instructors aged 16-25 working as a team to sail the ship to the next capital city, climbing the mast, helm the ship, setting the sails and much more.

In each capital city Hundreds of cadets, and local supporters will have the opportunity to visit the ship and participate in the festival.

Nicholas said; “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity being with people of all different abilities and experiences and he’s someone who loves adventure.  As part of the application he had to submit a personal statement and ideas as to how he’d raise the

In each capital city thousands of cadets, instructors and supporters will have the opportunity to visit the ship and participate in the festival.

A quarter of a wooden shield will be presented to the crew in each city until the final piece of the shield is presented in London, where the cadets will march it to the Tower of London.

The shield will be a First World War memorial.

Jake and Nicholas have appealed for more help to boost their funds which will pay for the cost of taking part in the challenge.