Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, today attended the Royal Air Force Air Cadets 282 East Ham Squadron Annual Awards evening at East Ham Town Hall. Speaking at the event, Mr Timms praised the organisation for “giving young people in Newham something to aspire to” and for “instilling the kind of values young people need to thrive in society”. 282 Squadron has grown rapidly, and is increasingly recognised as the best in London and one of the best in the country.
The 282 (East Ham) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets is one of hundreds of Air Cadet Squadrons around the country. The organisation allows young people the chance to take part in activities like flying, gliding and going away on camps. The organisation for 13 to 20 year olds also provides the chance to play competitive sport, visit RAF bases, learn leadership skills, and gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Speaking after the event, Mr Timms, said: “I always enjoy coming back to visit 282 Squadron. I think the organisation is excellent. Not only are the activities on offer fun, exciting and novel; they instil the important values of hard work, aspiration and team work as well as equipping young people with skills for life. Today’s world can be tough for young people, and organisations like this one have become all the more important. I wish them all the best and congratulate them on what has been an exceptional year in 2011.”
Mr Timms paid particular tribute to the volunteers who sustain the squadron, under the leadership of Pilot Officer Chris Booty.