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Cash boost to help Dagenham Air Cadets keep fit

A vital cash boost to help a squadron of young Air Cadets in Dagenham has been supplied by UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 16 August 2016 12:00 AM

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A vital cash boost to help a squadron of young Air Cadets in Dagenham has been supplied by UK Power Networks.

Youngsters at 2048 Air Training Corps, in Wood Lane, are set to enjoy the benefit of a £250 grant to pay for brand new sports kit, which is urgently needed to aid efforts by the Corps to promote physical activity, fitness and team work among young people in Dagenham.

The cash comes from UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on for eight million customers by distributing electricity in London, the South East and East Anglia, via a vast network of power lines and substations.

Laura Luxton, 33, who works as an engineer at the electricity company, also dedicates her free time to being 2048 squadron’s sports officer. She applied for the cash donation via the Team Sport Award, which a long-running scheme at UK Power Networks.

Romford resident, Laura said: “Everyone at the squadron including me was very surprised to win the grant and we’re delighted about it. I’ve been looking to get a sports kit to wear during competitions and make them look smarter. Unfortunately, many of the cadets don’t have a lot of money and the squadron has not previously had the money to purchase kit. Cadets currently wear their own sports kit, so the new gear will help us look more professional and forge a stronger identity on the field. It’s really good to win this grant.

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.