CDS DS lend support to Tewkesbury Sea Cadets Trafalgar Night celebrations

CDS DS were delighted to be able to support local Sea Cadets during their recent Trafalgar Night fundraising celebrations

Trafalgar Night is traditionally the highlight of the Royal Navy calendar, an evening of food, drink and camaraderie to commemorate Nelson's famous victory. For the Tewkesbury Sea Cadets (Training Ship -TS Otter) it was a double celebration after recently winning a prestigious Queens Award in recognition of their Voluntary Service in the community.

Saturday 13th October saw the unit gather in the Gupshill Manor Tewkesbury with high profile guests and local dignitaries including; Dame Janet Trotter (Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire), Lt Col Andrew Tabor (High Sherriff of Gloucestershire) and Anne Cadbury OBE (President of the TS Otter unit) who were given the opportunity to hear about the voluntary work of the unit and to help support their fundraising efforts. The evening ran smoothly with the help of the cadets, many of whom used this event to contribute towards their stewarding qualification.

Taking the opportunity to support this local charity, CDS DS donated £500 toward the cost of the event, as well as raffle prizes which helped to raise over £300 for the unit. Donations such as this are vital to ensure the continuation of the support given to the cadets, as the Sea Cadet Corps is a charitable organisation.

Richard Bradley, Managing Director of CDS DS said of the evening:

"We have an unwavering commitment to supporting the Armed Forces, this is the core of what we do. Being able to support cadets during their first experiences in a uniformed organisation is incredibly important to us, especially as a number of our workforce are part of this unit. CDS DS was delighted to play a part in helping TS Otter celebrate their successful year and Trafalgar Day"

Andrew Emmett, CDS DS Business Development Lead and Deputy Chairman of the Tewkesbury Unit Management Committee acknowledges the important part that this unit plays in the lives of the young people attending it.

"I am constantly amazed at the positive attitude of the cadets and instructors, from undertaking fundraising events at the local supermarket to providing parking marshals for the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival.  For the cadets, the money raised from these events means that they can achieve nationally recognised qualifications as well as having a uniformed support system to help guide them to responsible adulthood. Cadets and volunteers have all worked so hard tonight to ensure the event runs smoothly and the guests have a memorable evening. The money raised at this event will go a long way toward achieving their fundraising goals this year, so thanks to CDS DS for supporting that"

Cadet Kara, who helped serve refreshments as part of her Stewards qualification summed up the night and the strength of the unit "It's like a big family, if you ever have a problem, they are all here for you"

Congratulations again to TS Otter on your evening and CDS DS looks forward to supporting you again in the future

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