March air cadets and town’s museum receive cash boost thanks to community campaign

Anglia Co-operative Badgeney Road store staff Donna Wellings (left) and Sue Bird (right) with Cpl Wa

Anglia Co-operative Badgeney Road store staff Donna Wellings (left) and Sue Bird (right) with Cpl Ward, Sgt MacRae, Cpl Ogden, Sylvia Keane, Joan Munns and museum vice-chairman Richard Munns. - Credit: Archant

A COMMUNITY fundraising campaign has raised hundreds of pounds for two March causes.

Anglia Co-operative, of Badgeney Road, in partnership with the Cambs Times, launched a six-week Token of Support scheme where shoppers were asked which causes they would like to get behind.

The scheme raised £300 for the 1220 (March) Squadron of the Air Training Corps and £150 for March and District Museum.

Store deputy manager Sue Bird and colleague Donna Wellings presented a cheque for £300 to the cadets’ civilian committee member Sylvia Keane and cadets Corporal Matthew Ward, Sergeant Alex MacRae and Corporal Chanel Ogden.

Cadets’ commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Burnham, said: “We were very honoured to have been nominated as a beneficiary of this scheme.

“Support which comes from within our immediate community is always very special because it reinforces the bond that local people have with the achievements of our squadron and our young cadets.

“The donation will be used to purchase new trumpets for the squadron’s drum and trumpet band.

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“This will enhance our ability to support local community events and expand the experience of the cadets who all have the opportunity to gain the prestigious BTEC in music qualification.”

The museum will use the donation to help fund an exhibition at the museum later in the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the last steam train to depart from March.

The exhibition will launch with a tea party and preview for retired rail workers on October 31, before opening to the public on November 2.

Joan Munns, museum treasurer, said: “I think Token of Support is a brilliant idea and we’re chuffed to bits with the donation.”