An army cadet force in the South of England is to honour the memory of 14-year-old Kaylee McIntosh, who died when a summer camp training exercise went horrifically wrong on a Scots loch three years ago.
The Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s E company in Aylesbury will today (Saturday) stage a drill competition for the Kaylee McIntosh Trophy.
As they made the 400 mile trip south to take their place as guest of honour at the competition and present the trophy Kaylee’s parents said they were ‘thrilled and honoured’ to be involved.
Kaylee’s mum Lesley said: “We just think it is such a lovely gesture.
“The Aylesbury cadets got in touch to say that they knew how much Kaylee’s loved being in the cadets and her determination to make a career for herself in the army, and that was why they had decided to honour her in this way.
“We were thrilled and thought it was a great way to commemorate Kaylee’s commitment to the army cadet force.”
Kaylee’s dad Derek, said: “Neither Lesley or I will ever get over losing Kaylee nor will we ever forgive those we hold responsible.
“But occasions like that are a real delight because they are a reminder that we are not the only ones who thought Kaylee was a very special person.
“We felt their invitation to join them for the day was a real honour, and we are looking forward to meeting them all.”
Derek and Lesley will be accompanied by Geordie, Kaylee’s pet dog who now goes everywhere with her parents.
The drill competition will be part of a day of celebration for E-Company, with a host of celebrities including the local mayor, MP and other dignitaries in attendance.
Members of the 100 strong E-Company decided to honour Kaylee both for her personal qualities and in recognition of the bond shared by the community of cadets up and down the country.
Kaylee’s parents are still pursuing a £525,000 damages action against the army.
Their solicitor Jayne Crawford of Thompsons Solicitors (pictured above) said: “A civil case has been raised in the Court of Session and is ongoing. We are still awaiting a decision by the Crown Office on criminal charges in connection with Kaylee’s death.”
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