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Emma Wolstenholme

Emma Wolstenholme is crowdfunding

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£4,172
raised of £80,000 target by 93 supporters

Weʼre raising £80,000 to support the Air Cadets by rowing solo & unsupported across the Atlantic, inspiring young people through adventure and STEM.

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The Air Cadets need as much support as they can get, with COVID preventing tens of thousands of youths from meeting in person across the UK. 'Town nights' are now conducted online via Zoom or Skype calls (if the cadet has access to the internet!) - resulting in many youths leaving the organisation. I hope to raise awareness of everything the Air Cadets has to offer - from flying in a Grob Tutor to learning how to map read for a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition...you could even get a BTEC along the way!

If you're a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you'd absolutely love the Air Cadets. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. And with over 1,000 squadrons across the UK, you could be one of them - either as a cadet, or an adult volunteer (depending on your age!).

So what exactly am I doing? I'm going to travel the UK (when COVID restrictions allow) with my ocean rowing boat, talking to Air Cadet squadrons about my planned 3000 nautical mile solo row across the Atlantic. I'm aiming to break the World Record along the way (currently 49 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes), and I'll leave at the end of the 80th Anniversary, having completed a year of fundraising. My aim is to leave the Canary Islands in Jan/Feb 2022 (depending on the weather window) and row 3000nm to Barbados. In the process, I aim to raise £80,000 - 100% of the money you donate will go to the Air Cadets.

Why the Air Cadets? When I found out it was the RAF Air Cadets' 80th Anniversary in 2021, I realised that I wanted to give something back to the organisation that had shaped my life and got me where I am today. I grew up in Burnley - one of the poorer areas of Lancashire - and if it hadn't been for the adventurous training, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership development the Air Cadets gave me, I wouldn't have joined the Royal Air Force and I wouldn't have had such amazing adventures along the way. The self-confidence and competitive spirit that was instilled in me saw me go on to become a Squadron Leader Training Officer, compete for Great Britain in the Europa Cup at Skeleton Bobsleigh and complete tours of Afghanistan and the Middle East.

I want to spread the word about what Air Cadets can offer you/your family and I hope to travel the UK with my ocean rowing boat and talk to Air Cadets about adventure, using my ocean rowing expedition as a tool to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Follow my progress and adventure on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoloAtlanticRow

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  • Emma Wolstenholme2 months ago
    Emma Wolstenholme

    Emma Wolstenholme

    2 months ago

    Thank you so much to Vestey Foods U.K. for your support with these freeze dried meals! Each tub has 8 portions in, and there are 16 tubs…very excited about the scrambled egg, ham and potato for breakfast, then perhaps chilli con carne or pasta with lasagne sauce for lunch, and chicken korma or chicken in black bean sauce for dinner…finished off with rice pudding and strawberries! Yum yum! That will be a great start to the 5000kcals a day…

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  • Emma Wolstenholme2 months ago
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    Emma Wolstenholme

    2 months ago

    Last Tuesday I was up in the Lake District with the Air Cadets for the opening of their new AT centre and I spoke with the cadets about their hopes for the future, their education, their future careers, and whether they might go on to college/university or do an apprenticeship. There was a real mix of replies, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to give them some support to realise their ambitions? I spoke with their Commandant, Air Cdre Tony Keeling about a grant scheme where senior cadets and young adult volunteers could apply for funding…

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  • Emma Wolstenholme2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    The new wrap looks lovely…lots of space for a business to advertise with their logo and it will stand out brilliantly with the fresh white background 😊

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Page last updated on: 12/8/2021 19.30

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  • Henry Hiley

    Henry Hiley

    Dec 8, 2021

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 4, 2021

    If anyone can you can Emma so proud of you. Row Row Row Your Boat xx

    £100.00

  • Martin Lyons

    Martin Lyons

    Dec 1, 2021

    Well done Emma! Rick’s doing a fantastic job publicising your great work!

    £50.00

  • Jeff Cowie

    Jeff Cowie

    Nov 28, 2021

    Good luck!

    £20.00

  • Michael Redwood

    Michael Redwood

    Nov 28, 2021

    Hope all goes well.

    £100.00

  • Wallingtons

    Wallingtons

    Nov 27, 2021

    Good luck!

    £20.00

  • Emma

    Emma

    Nov 26, 2021

    Just admire your determination

    £20.00

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Emma Wolstenholme

Emma Wolstenholme

Emsworth

Emma was a cadet with 352 (Burnley) Air Training Corps. She then joined the University Air Squadron and immediately after graduating, joined the Royal Air Force. Recently retired after 16 yrs in the RAF, she is focussed on rowing solo across the Atlantic, East to West in Feb 22.

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