Funding boost for Brid army cadets

Vanessa Rowbottom, relationship manager for Lloyd Dowson, on parade with army cadets and instructors.

Vanessa Rowbottom, relationship manager for Lloyd Dowson, on parade with army cadets and instructors.

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Army cadets from Bridlington have received a welcome funding boost thanks to a generous donation from a chartered accountancy firm based in the town.

Lloyd Dowson chartered accountants, tax and business advisors have made a donation to the Army Cadet Force (ACF), which is one of the biggest youth organisations in the country, whose Bridlington branch meet twice a week.

Vanessa Rowbottom, Lloyd Dowson relationship manager, visited the cadets, at their detachment headquarters on Swindon Street to donate the undisclosed amount and was delighted to see the cadets and their instructors in action.

“It’s great to see the respect of young people have for one another and their instructors and also from the instructors to the cadets.

“The size of the facility is fantastic but the resources to enable the cadets to achieve qualifications are needed.

“At Lloyd Dowson we look to support the local community and young people and the Army Cadet Force ticks all the boxes for an organisation we would like to support.

“The instructors are all volunteers who give up many hours to help these young people and we hope by making this donation more young people will join and make use of this facility.”

Boys and girls aged from 12 to 18 can take part in various activities including military skills, camping, and shooting.

Cadets also take part in many non-military activities such as first aid which can earn them qualifications that can count towards further education or future employment.

Sergeant Valerie Mitchell, who commands the detachment, said: “The AFC helps build character not just in the cadets but also in the instructors. We are always looking for new recruits and welcome anyone to come down to see what the ACF is all about.”

To find out more you can visit the detachment on Swindon Street between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Alternatively call 01377 253548 or visit