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Welling air cadet heading to South America for expedition

PUBLISHED: 16:39 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:39 27 June 2016

RAF Youth Cadet Oliver Pattinson with RAFA Agitant Mike Coleman and vice chairman of Bexleyheath & District branch of the RAFA, Pete Weston at The Broadway with Christine Barton. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

RAF Youth Cadet Oliver Pattinson with RAFA Agitant Mike Coleman and vice chairman of Bexleyheath & District branch of the RAFA, Pete Weston at The Broadway with Christine Barton. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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The 16-year-old will set of next month

A Welling boy who is heading to South America to volunteer has thanked the public for donating toward his cause.

Oliver Patterson, an RAF Air Cadet Sergeant, has received a large amount of funding from the Royal Air Force Association for his trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, after his continued fundraising efforts at Broadway Shopping Centre.

The 16-year-old Bexley Grammar School student said: “I’ve done quite a lot of fundraising for RAFA, especially at the shopping centre, where local people have always responded generously and given kindly to the cause.

“I want to thank everyone for donating because I believe the fact that I have worked on past fundraising campaigns like those at the shopping cenre and in the wider area, helped to strengthen my case when I applied to RAFA for my grant.”

He is one of 60 teenagers who will take part in the expedition to both country’s most remote parts, where he will support local community projects while supporting himself.

Welling Air Cadets honorary president Pete Weston said: “Oliver is most deserving of the grant. When his name was put forward to take part in this expedition we did not realise how much it was going to cost his family.

“They could not have been expected finance this expedition alone, so we have been doing everything possible to try to help them raise enough for the trip and equipment needed for Oliver to take part.”

Oliver, who is still taking his GCSE exams, has received a £500 grant from the RAFA, has also received a £100 grant from Bexley Rotary Club and £600 from East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust.

He will be jetting off to South America on July 23.

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