Cadets reach out into the community
- Author: Nichola Winstanley
- Date: Friday 7th April 2017
During initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval college each division is required to undertake a project in the community as a way of testing their leadership, organisation and communication skills outside the Naval environment.
Officer Cadets from Lightning Division spent two days helping the local Rowcroft Hospice. On their first day, they assisted the retail department's central Distribution Centre in Newton Abbot, helping drivers unload and pack vans full of donations. They hung and sorted through donated clothing, helped build beds and packed them down for collection and assisted in the hospice's Furniture Outlet and eBay shopping site. On their second day, they supported the hospice's fundraising team by holding a bucket collection whilst helping to pack shopping bags at the Marks and Spencer's in The Willows, Torquay.
Officer Cadet James Shilling said: "Rowcroft Hospice seemed an excellent charity to support because of the area it covers and the huge amount it gives back to the local community. The Navy has taught us to look after communities, and as we are training and living in Dartmouth we wanted to give back to the South Devon community as a thank you for supporting us."
Manager of Rowcroft's Distribution Centre, Paul O'Callaghan, added: "During the two days the naval cadets were with us they processed over 1,000 items of clothes, packed over 200 recycling bags, sorted out our tool area and metal areas and assisted in various moves of larger items. We estimate the value of this help to be worth over £2,500, saving us over 100 man hours. On a personal note, they were great to have around! I would have them back any day to help us again - they were a great bunch of guys and left smiling and happy to have helped."