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Cadets net £1,800 with copter caper

PUBLISHED: 01:36 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

AIR cadets put in a whopper of an effort to move a chopper in aid of Children of Need, raising nearly £2,000.

Members of 1287 Wattisham Squadron Air Training Corps pulled the huge hulk of a Seaking helicopter a staggering 150 metres across the ground in ten minutes – to the applause of watching parents.

By James Fraser

AIR cadets put in a whopper of an effort to move a chopper in aid of Children of Need, raising nearly £2,000.

Members of 1287 Wattisham Squadron Air Training Corps pulled the huge hulk of a Seaking helicopter a staggering 150 metres across the ground in ten minutes – to the applause of watching parents.

Senior Air Craftswoman Heidi Jones, of 22 Sqn RAF, the search & rescue unit based at Wattisham Airfield, suggested the idea to the cadets during a recent training flight and they decided to pick up the challenge – all seven tonnes of it!

The 27 cadets, aged from 13 to 19 years, took up the strain last Friday evening as fundraising went nationwide on the official BBC Children in Need day.

Their efforts have so far earned them at least £1,800 – but that figure looks set to rise, said the squadron's civilian instructor, David Wilkinson.

"The cadets thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a first for us but next year we're hoping to do something bigger," he said. "We're looking to expand our membership and hopefully we will have enough to pull a Hercules transport aircraft!"

If you would like to find out more about the air cadets visit the squadron's Weblink:

www.1287atc.org.uk


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