A sea cadet volunteer has been awarded one of the highest honours in the armed forces for his dedication to his unit.
Dave Redmile received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate – an achievement ranking just below the MBE.
The certificate was presented to Petty Officer Redmile by David Moody, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, in recognition for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Sea Cadet Corps.
Mr Redmile, aged 44, said: “It’s a great honour, and very humbling, to have received such a prestigious award, but for me it’s always been about helping young people.
“I’ve always been keen to give them something different in their lives, to change their outlook, and give them the opportunities to enjoy new experiences and see different places.
“By investing in young people in this way, and widening their horizons, they can grow and develop so much more. The Sea Cadets provide all of this and more, and I’m very proud to be part of such a great organisation. I could not achieve this however without the dedication of the staff and cadets at Thorne Sea Cadets – their hard work and continued support gives me the enthusiasm to keep on with the challenge ahead.”
A sea cadet himself for five years, Dave continued in the Corps as an adult volunteer, joining Thorne Sea Cadets in 2003 as Commanding Officer.
Colonel Snagge, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber, which runs the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates Awards, added: “Without the selfless commitment of many hundreds of volunteers across the region who give up their time outside of working hours, the cadet organisations simply couldn’t exist. I am delighted Dave’s service has been commemorated and I have no doubt he will continue to make a great difference.”
Colonel Snagge also appealed for more adult volunteers to support the region’s 5,400 cadets.
“The cadet movement is one of the most prestigious youth organisations in the world, and its popularity means we need more adult instructors to lead the cadets and deliver the quality of experiences, adventure and community projects which our cadets enjoy,” he said. “We would love to hear from people willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an Adult Instructor – no military experience is needed.”
Mr Redmile was one of only nine people in South Yorkshire awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate, presented as a mounted scroll.
For more information about becoming an Adult Volunteer, visit the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association website RFCA