Army Cadets from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire raise thousands for Walking with the Wounded

SSI Mitchell walking with friends from 1 Company Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force for Walking home for Christmas campaign

Cadets and instructors from Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force walked over 300km to raise vital funds for Walking With The Wounded.

Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force raised more than any other of the 52 Army Cadet teams taking part in the Walking Home For Christmas campaign this year, bar Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadets, with a whopping £5,9k contribution to the charity. The team earned a mention on the Walking With The Wounded website and in the National Army Cadets Colonel Cadets’ weekly newsletter. 

32 adult instructors and 24 cadets from Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force took part. Notable contributions came from Beds & Herts RSM Petrie, who raised £824 walking from Tring to Hemel and then to Berkhamsted, with fellow adult instructors and cadets from Tring detachment joining in for parts of the route. SI Shults of Tring detachment raised £705 after a Christmas day walk. 3 Company’s OC Major Pryor walked from South Oxhey detachment, to Leavesden Green detachment via the Watford detachment. Hemel Hempstead DC SI Tillotson and his daughter Cpl Tillotson walked from Royal Artillery Barracks via the tower of London to Wellington Barracks and the Guards museum.

In the East of England, the contributions from each county was as follows:

  • Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire ACF £5,905.60
  • Essex ACF £3,915.57
  • Suffolk ACF £1,440.29
  • Cambridgeshire ACF £391.92

View the full leaderboard here on the Walking With The Wounded website.

The top two fundraisers from Essex ACF were Cadet Corporal George Myers and Cadet Staff Sergeant Joe Gafney. They walked 27 Miles from Chelmsford War Memorial to Colchester War Memorial, raising nearly £700 between them. SSgt Gafney said “We finished at around 5pm, wet and tired but extremely proud of each other. Thank you for all the support!”  

Over £62k was raised by the Army Cadet Force cadets and instructors, who consistently support good causes in their communities. 

Image courtesy of SSI Mitchell, showing SSI Mitchell of 1 Company Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire ACF walking with friends in Hatfield forest.