Walking Home for Christmas

Essex Army Cadet Force (ACF) cadets and adults are taking part in Walking Home for Christmas.

19 December 2020

A lot of our Cadets have gone the extra mile (or more!) for this case last Saturday two cadets from D Company SSgt Gafney of Braintree Detachment, Cpl Myers from Parsons Heath Detachment, set themselves a challenge they even talked their friend Jack who is not a cadet into joining them.

The Idea of the walk was to raise money for the veterans’ charity Walking With The Wounded which supports ex military with urgent mental health care. Across the U.K. Essex Army Cadet Force have been very active this year in "Walking Home for Christmas" to raise money via sponsorship.

The Army Cadets Force has raised nearly £40,000 and the Essex ACF has raised over £2,000 already towards their target of £5,000. The Essex ACF team leader is Sergeant Major Instructor Tracy Freeman the County Sports Officer and the top two fundraisers are Cadet Corporal George Myers and Cadet Staff Sergeant Joe Gafney, they walked 27 Miles from Chelmsford War Memorial to Colcheter War Memorial raising nearly £700 between them.

SSgt Gafney said “We finished at around 5pm, wet and tired but extremely proud of each other, me and George raised around £700 between us and Essex ACF has raised over £2000! Thank you for all the support”

Commandant of Essex ACF, Colonel Leona Barr-Jones said “I am hugely proud of all of the Cadets and Adults taking part in Walking Home for Christmas this year, but the efforts of senior cadets, SSgt Gafney and Cpl Myers are outstanding. These young men are both great role models and certainly inspire all to achieve. Well done”

If you would like to support Essex ACF Here is the link:

https://www.walkinghomeforchristmas.com/teams/essex-army-cadet-force