CADETS from Oswestry travelled to Pirbright Training Camp in Woking for a week of training last week.

The cadets, aged between 12 and 18 joined more than 500 army cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from across Shropshire travelled to Surrey for the annual week-long training camp.

They took part in a range of military activities including first aid, drill, fieldcraft and shooting.

The cadets also enjoyed a range of adventures training days including sailing, paddle-boarding, high-rope obstacle course and laser quest.

During the week the cadets where asked to donate to the Medicine Ball Challenge, which an ACF Instructor had been carrying for 24 hours a day for the seven days to signify the burden by those who have a mental health issues.

They raised a total of £250, which will go directly to the ABF, the Soldiers Charity and Combat Stress to support soldiers current serving and veterans suffering from mental health issues.

Captain Simon Protano was pleased to see the amount raised and highlighted the importance of the charity.

He said: “The ACF is extremely aware that mental health effects everyone including our cadets which over recent years has become more and more highlighted in the press.

“It was extremely moving to see the cadets support this great cause”

The Oswestry members received a well-deserved special delivery in the form of the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) ice cream van which is currently travelling around the UK supporting regular troops and cadet forces.

As the week ended, a number of awards were presented to both cadets and instructors which started with a long service medal 3rd Clasp to RSMI Kevin Pound to recognise his 30th year as an Instructor in Shropshire.

2Lt Ceri Stokes based at the Oswestry Detachment, was also recognised as the detachment commander of the year.

Colonel Gary Newbrook was pleased with how the week went for the young cadets.

He added: “This years’ Annual Camp has been a real success which has been made possible by the fantastic support from the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who each year give up their annual leave to support our young people to achieve so much.”