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March 13th 2015

MOTHER: “BEING IN THE ACF IS A FANTASTIC WAY TO SPEND TIME TOGETHER”

As Mother’s Day approaches one Army Cadet Force (ACF) adult volunteer has taken the time to reflect why being a part of the youth organisation has allowed her to spend quality time with her daughter.

Lieutenant Clare Wookey, aged 44, volunteers with Lincolnshire ACF on a weekly basis and has spent many fulfilling evenings and weekends training with her daughter who was formally a Cadet at the same detachment.

Clare explained: “I joined the ACF in 2008 and the last six and a half years have flown by. Being in the ACF is a fantastic way to spend time together as a mother and daughter.

“Although it is great to celebrate Mother’s Day, Kayleigh and I spend a lot of time together throughout the year doing one of our favourite sporting activities or previously attending ACF training. Sharing a hobby with your children is a gift in my opinion.  The ACF allowed us to get away from the ‘hum drum’ of the normal routine and I would encourage more family units to get involved in such a fantastic organisation.”

Clare’s relationship with Kayleigh Adams, Clare’s daughter, has always been strong – but in recent times they have been able to spend additional time together training for Kayleigh’s triathlon events.

In 2014, Kayleigh was confirmed 9th in the world for the under 20s Great Britain category at The World Championship for Sprint Triathlon in Edmonton, Canada. This means she secured a pre-qualification place for the World Championship for Sprint Triathlon in Chicago this year, a competition in which she will have to swim, cycle and run.

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“As a mum as I extremely proud of what Kayleigh has achieved in her short sporting career to date as well as the precious years we spent together training at Lincolnshire ACF.

“Both Kayleigh and I always embrace a challenge. Being an adult volunteer in the ACF, a mum and working full-time can be a challenge but I have always made it work.”

As well as helping Kayleigh train towards her events this year, Clare also hopes to cycle from Market Deeping to Brighton in July with The Spin Room and to complete a half Ironman in June that will include a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.2 mile run.