People are being urged to snap up tickets for a major concert to raise thousands of pounds for Staffordshire Young Police Cadets.
Tickets are on sale now for the prestigious show by the British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO) which will be staged at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday 12 April at 7.30pm.
The event will have a Legends and Heroes theme and the orchestra will enthral the audience with music including Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Sibelius’ Finlandia.
The Cadet scheme was a key election pledge for Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. It aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.
Successful Cadets units have already been launched in Stafford and Cannock thanks to funding from Patrons and Sponsors. All proceeds from the concert will help pay for the on-going roll-out of the Cadets programme across Staffordshire in 2014, including the purchasing of uniforms, the allocation of transport and much more.
Cadets have already spent several hours delivering leaflets to people in Lichfield about the concert. Tickets are on sale now at www.lichfieldgarrick.com
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold, who is organising the event, said: “Staffordshire Young Police Cadets are already working hard to support their local community.
“The service is all about giving advantages to young people – some from challenging backgrounds – who through a positive and vibrant programme can learn how to become responsible citizens.
“We want to sell 450 tickets to raise money for the Cadet charity and allow new units to be formed, uniforms to be provided, transport allocated and much more.
“Tickets will provide a great experience for friends and family as well as ensuring your hard-earned money goes to a great cause which is making a real difference locally.”
The BPSO is made up of musicians from across the UK, many who are either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police family.
The orchestra’s chairman is Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham.
He said: “The BPSO is a fantastic orchestra who are nationally recognised for their excellent performances and I am personally thrilled that they’ve agreed to support the Staffordshire Police Cadets.
“The volunteers working with our cadets have seen the young people grow and develop during their short time within Staffordshire Police and we are all keen to support the Police and Crime Commissioner’s objective to continue and extend the cadets scheme wider.
“Staffordshire Police Cadets is making a real difference to the lives of young people and the communities they then support and I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of our community at this amazing event at the Lichfield Garrick in April.”
Cadets work towards Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards having a go at hiking, climbing and orienteering.
It is also hoped that the high-profile event will attract further Patrons and Sponsors to fund the Cadets Service. In return for becoming a Patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. For more details visit www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets
Tickets for the concert, priced at £18 to £20, are on sale now at www.lichfieldgarrick.com
VIP tickets, costing £40 and including a champagne and canapé reception, are also available.
A video promoting the event, featuring Mrs Arnold and Staffordshire Police mascot Kash the dog, can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLV29df4oUs