April 28th 2020


Cadet being interviewed for forces TV

Cadet Sergeant Sam Mason being interviewed for Forces TV

Two local Royal Air Force Cadets, Sergeants Sam Mason and Neave Williamson of 2070 (Glenfield) Squadron, Air Training Corps appeared on Forces Television News being interviewed about their volunteering roles at a Leicester Community Hub during the Coronavirus crisis.

Cadet Sergeant Sam Mason and Cadet Neave Williamson are helping with the packing up and distribution of food and medicines to those within the Groby and Ratby area who cannot get around during this difficult time. The Cadets have also been helping with the assembly of 40,000 masks destined for NHS and retail staff, and even devoted some of their time on the telephone to those in need of a friendly chat or a reassuring word.

Both Cadets are from 2070 (Glenfield) Squadron, part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, and volunteered to give their time.  Although their work is not a Squadron activity, the squadron takes great pride in the service they are providing within the community.

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Neave Williamson being interviewed by Forces TV

Forces Television, part of the British Forces Broadcasting Service, picked up on the story after we featured it on various social media platforms.  A film crew from Forces TV filmed the pair in action and interviewed the two Cadets.

Sam said of the experience: “For myself, it felt brilliant, I just can’t believe that I was on the telly on Forces TV News. I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be interviewed and record what I and and Cadet Williamson have been doing to help out our community. The team that came from Forces TV were brilliant, they were super friendly. I want to say thanks for giving their time.”

Neave also spoke of the experience: “I really enjoyed the interview and I thought that the interviewer was really nice. We had some good conversations when we weren’t filming and she made me feel really confident. I loved the fact that I was seeing behind the scenes, especially since journalism is a career path I’m thinking about taking. It was really fun to be involved in something like this, and I want to say thanks to the team for being so nice and helping to tell our story in such a positive way.

You can view the full on-line story on the Forces TV website here.

If you are interested in joining the RAF Air Cadets and helping out your local community, find a unit near you here.

"My years in the Cadets have been fantastic. This current crisis has given me a great opportunity to put something back into the community and help those who need it." Cadet Sergeant Sam Mason