11 July 2012

Eleven Army Cadet Force (ACF) adult volunteers from across the South East are taking part in the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisations (CVQO) first major sports sponsorship initiative – the Brighton Marathon 2013. They now need four more team members to join them, and raise their initial fundraising target of £5,000.

Last week, Team CVQO met for the first time at South East Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (SERFCA) headquarters in Aldershot, Hampshire, where team leader Fred Hughes and CVQO Fundraiser Jeanne Peterson briefed them on what to expect from the 26.2 mile run in April, and how to make the most out of their fundraising.

The current team consists of instructors from the ACF in Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and IOW, as well as Fred Hughes, the Corporate Communications Officer at South East RFCA. All of the runners are keen to overcome their own personal challenges, and raise money to offer more educational opportunities to young people with CVQO’s qualifications.

Fred had been keen to assist CVQO with fundraising for a while, and was responsible for recruiting and organising the current team. He said, “Getting involved to raise funds for CVQO is a fantastic way for the adult instructors of the ACF to thank CVQO for their work in vocational qualifications. These qualifications are not just certificates, but a platform for college, university, and the future!”

Jeanne Peterson says, “The Brighton Marathon is a fantastic event. Where could a run like this better finish than right by the seaside! This year we have 15 charity places to offer and already we have 11 supporters signed up and ready to take the challenge. All funds raised through their sponsorship will go directly to help us provide young people with the chance of gaining valuable qualifications through our charity.”