Durham Army Cadet Force has over 700 cadets (aged 12-18) and 200 adults in over 30 locations in every corner of County Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead.
The ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest tracing its history back to 1859.
Based at HQ in the Drill Hall Chester-Le-Street, Cadet Administrative Assistant, (CAA)
Captain E Lennon (Ted) applied to Durham Benevolence for a Community Support Grant.
The grant is to be used to help with costs of training programs for young people with life skills. On early Good Friday morning Durham freemason, Lieutenant Colonel John Henry was delighted to turn out in full combat fatigues on a special mission for Durham Benevolence.
Feeling at home amongst the troop of 36 cadets and 4 adults before they departed to Nijmegen in the Netherlands on exercise. Captain Gary Richardson was presented with a certificate from John Henry on behalf of the Durham freemasons to go along with the £1,000 grant already thankfully received. Gary especially mentioned the long-time relationship between the Durham ACF and Durham freemasons where they have sponsored them in the past. John Henry wished them all a safe journey and captivated their attention when informing them that he started his army career in Durham ACF, 39 years ago.
This Community Support Grant is one of many awarded by Durham Benevolence to various organisations throughout the province on a regular basis. The latest batch includes Sunderland Culture (£1000), Bolton Colts under 7s Football Club(£500), Hospitality and Hope (£1000), Humbleton & Plains Farm Youth Football Club (£1000), ICOS, International Community Organisation of Sunderland (£1000), Sunderland Womens Centre (£3500)
Durham freemasons proud to help