Volunteer police cadets raised over £1,800 for the British Lung Foundation by taking part in a charity trek from Deal to Folkestone and back.

Led by one of Kent Police’s Youth Engagement Officers, Police Community Support Officer Mark Ball, the group of young people walked from Deal Castle to the Battle of Britain Memorial via Dover before turning around and retracing their steps.

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The police cadets represented with Kent Police with pride

The event on Saturday 30 May 2022 was carried out in memory of PCSO Thomas Tucker-Smyth who sadly died several years ago and was a supporter of the British Lung Foundation.

During their trek the cadets also visited a number of other historic locations including Capel Battery and Fort Burgoyne to check if any heritage crimes including graffiti or other types of criminal damage had been committed.

PCSO Ball said: ‘Our volunteer police cadets are a credit to the force and often take part in events such as this to further their understanding of public service and what it means to be charitable and upstanding members of their community. It was a pleasure to go on this walk with them in memory of a much-loved former colleague.

‘Fortunately the historic locations we visited had not been subjected to heritage crimes on this occasion, but we remain committed to helping to protect these important sites so people can continue to enjoy them for generations to come.’


The volunteer police cadets programme provides an opportunity for young people aged 13 to 17 to get involved in activities that support community policing. There are also opportunities for those aged 18 and over to join the team as cadet leaders.

Click here for further details.


By Ed

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