ARMY cadets from Hartlepool were praised for their fundraising efforts at a prestigious ceremony.
Youngsters from the Hartlepool Royal Engineers Cadets were presented with an award at the Poppy Appeal’s event after they raised almost £5,000 for the Royal British Legion.
They raised the most out of all Army Cadet Force units in County Durham at £4,598.86.
It accounted for 10 per cent of Hartlepool’s overall Poppy Appeal total of £44,305.
They, and other youngsters from across the region, were recognised for their efforts at the Royal British Legion’s Lord Lieutenant’s Youth Awards ceremony.
The proud Hartlepool cadets received a certificate from County Durham Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Arthur Charlton.
More than 40 units made up of young people aged between 12 and 18 from cadet and youth groups attended the event at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle.
Andrew Drake, Royal British Legion manager for the North-East, said: “All too often young people receive bad press. But these youngsters must be applauded for making a real difference in their community and on behalf of the Royal British Legion I would like to thank them for backing an incredibly worthwhile cause.
“The Poppy Appeal takes place once a year, but the services it funds run all year round.
“It is crucial, therefore, that we have the support of fundraisers like these tremendous young people so we can continue to give support to those people who have served and continue to serve for their country.”
The Poppy Appeal raises money to help serving and former forces members and their families, including those currently serving in Afghanistan.
There are 10 million people who are eligible for Legion support, which is one in six of the country’s population. Almost £1m was raised in the North-East during last year’s campaign which is totally dependent upon the generosity and support of the public.