Cadets fundraising pins down vital cash

Sam Huddleston and his mum Emma with the volunteer police cadets.
Sam Huddleston and his mum Emma with the volunteer police cadets.

Lancaster and Morecambe volunteer police cadets and their colleagues from around the UK raised funds for a new wheelchair for a young boy in Caton.

Sam Huddleston was born with Lissencephaly, a rare brain disorder which left him unable to walk and talk and stopped the development of his brain to that of a six month old infant.

Now aged seven, Sam had outgrown his buggy style wheelchair and needed a new chair, which would be suitable into his teenage years.

The Lancaster and Morecambe Volunteer Police Cadet Units, along with PC Kath Bromilow, National Development Officer, embarked on the mission to raise £4,000 for the new wheelchair. A limited edition tiepin, celebrating the Volunteer Police Cadets 2014, was commissioned and throughout April and May Police Cadets from across England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man started selling the pins.

The response to the tiepins and cause, along with some individual donations resulted in the fundraising goal being met within six weeks.

Ed Sherry, Programme Director of the National Volunteer Police Cadets said: “I am delighted that these tiepins have raised the money needed to buy Sam’s new wheelchair and a big thank you to all the young people who bought them.’

Sam’s mum Emma said: “It’s incredible what these young people have done for my son. I cannot thank them enough. This chair will make a massive difference to Sam’s quality of life. “