26 June 2013
Sergeant Trevor Baker, a youth leader at 231 Paddington Academy’s Army Cadet Detachment, arrived at his Fulham Road workplace today (26 June) in full military fatigues.
In the run up to Armed Forces Day on 29th June reservists, cadet leaders and cadets are invited to wear their uniform to work or school to highlight the volunteering aspect of their out of work activity.
By day Trevor is a maintenance technician at the Institute of Cancer Research, London based at Fulham Road looking after the property. Once a week in the evening he helps to run the Army Cadet unit at Paddington Academy.
He says “People ask me why I am wearing my uniform and I tell them it’s because I’m a member of the Army Cadet Force. I want to show my support for all the Armed Forces and by wearing my uniform I’m showing that there are some ordinary people who in their spare time, give time to either be part of the Armed Forces as in the Territorial’s or in the Army Cadets or other Cadet organisations. For me the contrast is that I spend a lot of time at work fixing things like doors but with the Army cadets I’m more like opening doors for young people.”
By mid morning Trevor had fielded lots of questions from surprised colleagues about his uniform and his volunteering work.
Uniform to Work Day is one of a series of events intended to raise awareness of Armed Forces Day which takes place this year on Saturday, 29th June 2013, and celebrates all of those who make up the Armed Forces Family. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the role of the Reserves and to show the public the Armed Forces are made up of people from all sections of the community.