633 (West Swindon) Squadrons Helping Hand

Every year the cadets of 633 Squadron elect to support a small number of charities by arranging various fund raising activities. During 2014 they have been raising funds in support of two worthwhile charity organisations, one local and the other, a national charity.

Zoe Steer of Parkinson’s UK and Bo of SCWAD each received a well-deserved cheque for £1,000
Zoe Steer of Parkinson’s UK and Bo of SCWAD each received a well-deserved cheque for £1,000

Swindon Children Without a Diagnosis, SCWAD, is a small and relatively new charity started by just a few parents who’s children are severely handicapped yet have not been diagnosed and where there was little or no support locally for the children or families.

The other charity is Parkinson’s UK, who undertakes vast research programmes in the battle to find ways of detecting, reducing the effects and ultimately finding the illusive cure for Parkinson, which affects 1 in every 100 people in the UK.

The cadets have taken part in many fund raising activities from bag packs at local supermarkets, supporting local companies on corporate activities, marshalling at Council run events to an expedition in the Pyrenees.

On Friday 31st January the cadets gave a short presentation on the trek to the Pyrenees which saw ten cadets raise sponsorship to support the trip and the charities. The cadets endured long days walking and climbing some 11,000ft to the snow-capped summit of Mount Perdido.

Zoe Steer of Parkinson’s UK and Bo of SCWAD each received a well-deserved cheque for £1,000. Both Zoe and Bo said what a pleasure it was to meet the cadets and understand a little more about the community activities and events they are involved in to help support their chosen charities.

The Squadron plans to raise more funds for charity again this year and will be supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.

Wing Activity Day 2014

Cadets and Staff from squadrons throughout Dorset and Wiltshire took part in the annual Wing Activity Day held at Boscombe Down on Sunday, 21st September. 
Competitions were held in Aircraft Recognition, Aviation Art, Drill, Media Skills, Modelling, Photography, Presentation Skills, First Aid, and Initiative Tasks. 
Cadets then had an opportunity to try their hand at Archery, Weapons Handling Tests, a Model Making Teach-in and a Climbing Wall. 
There were also information stands covering such varied activities as Shooting, BTEC/Training, Gliding, DoE Scheme, and Adventure Training .
Overall winners were 633 (West Swindon) Squadron
“We had a really great day, with some hotly contested competitions” said Wing Commander Vanessa Toth, OC Dorset/Wilts Wing, “and I would like to congratulate everyone who helped make the day such a success.”
All photographs by Fg Off Matt Lodge of 633 (West Swindon) Squadron. 
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