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February 19th 2016

Mother-of-two encourages local people to volunteer

Adult Under Officer Kate Knight

A mother-of-two from Hinckley has described being in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) as her way of making a positive contribution to the local community.

Adult Under Officer Kate Knight, aged 31, who has two girls aged 10 and eight years, volunteers with Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) ACF and explained that joining the youth organisation in 2013 was one of the best choices she has made.

Kate said: “I heard an advert on the radio about joining the ACF and thought it sounded ‘right up my street’. Before I had the children, I lived in Coventry, and used to deliver climbing and low rope lessons to primary school pupils. However, when I initially moved to Leicestershire and had my children I didn’t have much spare time so this fell by the wayside.

“I find the ACF to be a really family friendly organisation that works around my family and work commitments. I initially spent two years as a detachment instructor at our Hinckley detachment before taking on the role of Assistant Public Relations Officer for the ACF in Leicestershire; this sees me mainly working from the ACF HQ on Tigers Road in the city.”

Working full-time as a Freelance Photographer, Kate has a varied work schedule that has to be juggled around completing the school runs and other personal commitments. She continued: “If you enjoy volunteering, you make the time to do it. You can gain so much personally too; I know my confidence has improved which also helps me outside my ACF commitments.

“The best thing for me though is seeing the positive impact you can have on young peoples’ lives. At summer camps I see cadets smiling and laughing, talking about the activities they got involved in during the day. It’s great to see what are sometimes shy young people flourish to be young adults by the time they leave us, it’s really fulfilling.

“From a Mother’s perspective, being a part of the ACF is a great way to get fit and stay active without the need to don the lycra and run around the block. I found myself wanting to do something more adventurous than going to my local gym. Being in the cadets I can experience action, adventure and endless fun, as well as it being a great way to meet like-minded friends for life.”

In the last year Kate has had the opportunity to attend King Richard III’s reinterment event as the ACF’s designated Assistant Public Relations Officer, as well as attending an Amalgamation Parade at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire. The Amalgamation Parade marked the formal amalgamation of the 9th / 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales) and The Queen’s Royal Lancers to form The Royal Lancers.

To find out more about joining LNR ACF visit www.armycadets.com/moretolife or call 0116 277 9701.

“From a Mother's perspective, being a part of the ACF is a great way to get fit and stay active without the need to don the lycra and run around the block."