Family leads Army Cadet Force recruitment drive in West Lindsey
A family is spearheading an Army Cadet Force recruitment drive in all three West Lindsey detachments at Caistor, Market Rasen and Gainsborough.
Marie Fisher, her partner Darren Bradley and their daughter Toni-Louise Bradley have already had enough experiences to last a lifetime.
But it's only just a little over two years since Staff Sergeant Bradley – who helps run both Caistor and Market Rasen ACF groups – 'recruited' Ms Fisher as a volunteer instructor.
And, at the same time, 15-year-old Toni-Louise joined the ranks as a young cadet.
The family, from Brookenby, will be sharing their stories when an open day is held at the county headquarters.
It takes place at the Sobroan Barracks, in Lincoln's Burton Road, between 10am and 1pm this Saturday, January 26.
The aim is to sign up more adult helpers to ensure the future of the thriving youth organisation.
It has more than 160 instructors and 1,000 cadets aged 12 to 18 in 33 detachments across Lincolnshire.
Adult Under Officer Fisher, 48, began volunteering at the Caistor detachment in 2010 after seeing how much Staff Sergeant Bradley, 40, enjoyed the life.
And Toni-Louise, now 17, has climbed the cadet ranks to become a lance corporal.
"As a family, the Army Cadet Force has offered us new challenges and exciting experiences," Ms Fisher said.
"We have enjoyed many camps together and other activities that other families just don't get the chance to share.
"My friends and family are often green with envy, especially when they hear what we've been up to at the weekend – like swinging on ropes in the great outdoors.
"Toni-Louise and I were selected together to attend the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London last summer, which we'll never forget.
"We were also all part of a Remembrance Sunday parade – a very proud day for us as a family."
Mr Bradley said: "Cadets is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
"And I've gained qualifications in first aid, archery and walking."
Toni-Louise said: "I have made many new friends and my experiences in cadets have helped with building my CV."
Colonel Ian Sackree is the commandant of the Army Cadet Force's Lincolnshire Battalion.
He said: "The aim of the ACF is to offer adventurous pursuits and educational activities that will help develop young people physically, mentally and socially.
"Volunteers lead the young cadets in a range of themed activities, such as sports, music and competitive drills.
"We're looking for adults who want to make a difference to young people's lives.
"It's a great chance for the volunteers to develop their own leadership skills, meet new people and give something back to their community."
For more details about Lincolnshire ACF call headquarters on 01522 528109.