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BAE Systems and Barrow Sea Cadets join forces for appeal

BAE Systems Submarines Barrow

Employees at BAE Systems Submarines are being helped by Barrow Sea Cadets to deliver this year’s Backpack Appeal.

This is the 10th year for the appeal, which provides schoolchildren with backpacks full of gifts and school equipment.

Normally the packs are collected at the Barrow shipyard.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements, people are instead donating money so the cadets can buy the packs and deliver them in a safe way.

Elizabeth Kirkby, corporate social responsibility management advisor at BAE Systems Submarines, said: “We’re extremely grateful that the Sea Cadets stepped in to help deliver the Backpack Appeal.

“Up to now we’ve raised just over £1,400 from staff at the shipyard.”

Sub-Lieutenant Niyall Phillips from Barrow Sea Cadets said: “The Backpack Appeal ties in greatly with our ethos – ensuring that every young person has the same opportunity to do what they can regardless of their individual circumstances.

“The unit is proud to support BAE Systems in their community activity, particularly as a beneficiary of the businesses support over many years.”

Barrow Sea Cadets provides youngsters aged 10 to 18 with a unique cadet experience through nautical adventure and fun.

The unit is a registered charity and entirely funded through donations.

To support the Backpack Appeal, click here.

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