Wellingborough cadets see their winning badge designs raise cash for the Poppy Appeal

The winning designers with Ian Nunney
The winning designers with Ian Nunney

Two cadets from Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps have won a competition to design pin badges for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Air cadets Annabel Wight, 16, and Julia Wzgarda, 13, were recently presented with the badges made from their very own designs by Ian Nunney, chairman of the Wellingborough branch of the Legion.

One of the winning designs

One of the winning designs

The badges, which have been on sale in the town in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, were produced following the competition which was open to youth groups and organisations throughout Wellingborough.

Both girls were surprised and honoured to have their artwork turned into badges to help raise funds for the charity.

Annabel, whose winning design depicted a graveside image, said: “I wanted to reflect that service and sacrifice has had a lasting effect on families, for generations.”

Julia’s artwork, which will be re-produced again in 2017 for the organisation’s Year of Diversity, was a depiction of multi-cultural hands holding out a red poppy.

The second winning design

The second winning design

Julia said: “I’m delighted that the badge has been made.

“It shows that people from different cultures should be recognised as we remember their contribution to peace.”

The badges have all but sold out since they went on sale last week.

For more information about the air cadets in Wellingborough go to www.378.org.uk or visit the squadron’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mannock.