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Connaught Trust Round the Island Relay

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A weekend on Wight Link ferry crossings from Fishbourne to Portsmouth and Yarmouth to Lymington offered a great start to collecting for this year’s Connaught Trust Round the Island Cadet Relay. Cadets from Air, Army, Sea and Combined Cadet Forces worked in shifts crossing the Solent over the weekend collecting from passengers and completing the Pound Paw Print Path, with a sticker for every pound put on a map of the Island’s coastline. The event raised a massive £4,678.08 for Hounds for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

This provided a great start to the fund raising and also a great opportunity for unit cadets and staff to meet up to share experiences and ideas. Morrison’s Lake store offered a back pack, and collections from customers added another £1,420.36 along with many positive comments for the cadets’ appearance and politeness.

The sunshine filled weekend in April gave perfect conditions to the main event which was the Connaught Trust sponsored Round Island Cadet Relay. For this each cadet unit took part by walking a timed section of the Island’s coast, collecting geo cache boxes en route. This year’s winner was Cowes College CCF with 1024 (Isle of Wight) Sqn Air Training Corps second and TS Royal George Sea Cadets Corps third. The event in total raised over £6,500, giving £5,000 to name a puppy for Hounds for Heroes and a donation to the Island’s Royal British Legion.

A mass parade of cadets, staff and officers marched from Gurnard bringing an impressive end to the fundraising events. Under the instruction of Lt (SCC) Tim Collins RNR the cadet parade was led by the Isle of Wight Sea Cadet Band to salute Squadron Leader Peter Westley, Lt Cdr Karen Kristiansen Central District Staff Officer SCC, Major Colin Plummer (Retired) Trustee of the Connaught Trust and Cowes Town Mayor David Walters.