I first came into contact with the Air Cadets through my father who was a Warrant Officer at 868 Mirfield squadron in West Yorkshire. When I was 13 years old I wanted to join the air cadets but was unable to join the squadron where my father was as they did not take girls at that time. I joined 96 Dewsbury squadron and took part in a variety of activities from drill competitions to flying at RAF Finningly in Chipmunks to adventure training where I achieved my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. Once my father’s squadron started to take girls I moved to 868 Mirfield squadron to encourage other girls to join the squadron. Whilst at this squadron I went canoeing, shooting, went on camps at RAF Turnhouse and RAF Linton-on- Ouse and other adventure training weekends in North Yorkshire.
At the age of 17 I joined the Royal Air Force. I didn’t have contact with Air Cadets again until my son joined 222 (Broadlands) squadron in 2012. I became involved initially with attending annual dinners, Remembrance Parade and the annual carol service. In 2017 my daughter joined 222 (Broadlands) and I joined the committee helping organise events and fundraising. In 2018 I became treasurer and have become more involved attending sports events and going on adventure training trips with the squadron. I really enjoy being involved with the Air Cadets and seeing the young people achieve challenge themselves and achieve new goals.