Cadet rewarded for service

HIGH FLYING teenager Daniel Roberts has been made the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet in recognition of his outstanding service in the Air Training Corps.

The 17-year-old, from Mexborough, was presented with his certificate by Mr David Moody, Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, at a ceremony held at the Scarbrough Barracks Territorial Army Centre in Doncaster.

The accolade means Daniel now holds the position of Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for South Yorkshire and will effectively act as ambassador for the cadets in this area.

He said: “It is a tremendous honour to be chosen as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet.

“I enjoy everything about the Air Training Corps and this achievement just tops it all.

“But, I also owe a great deal of gratitude to everyone in my unit, who are a terrific bunch to be with and work alongside.”

Having joined the 2008 Bawtry Squadron only three years ago, Daniel has made an outstanding contribution to his unit in a short space of time.

Seen as a vital member in helping to run his unit alongside the Squadron Commander, Daniel has been instrumental in encouraging and organising fundraising and community activities for both local and national charities.

This ranges from the British Heart Foundation and the Royal Air Forces Association to local churches and schools.

Daniel’s achievements also include attaining an ATC Marksman qualification, participating in the Air Cadet Organisation’s (ACO) Parachuting Course and has recently secured a Flying Scholarship with the ACO.

He hopes to realise his ambition to join the Royal Air Force as an officer in the flying branch as a pilot.

Daniel has also recently completed the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award and is now working towards the Gold Award, while studying his A Levels at Swinton Community School.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate is a prestigious award that recognises cadets who have performed above expectations.

“I’m delighted for Daniel, who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”

Colonel Bleasdale 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.

“We would love to hear from people who are willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an Adult Instructor – no military experience is needed.”

Daniel was one of only eight cadets – selected from a total of 5,400 cadets across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region – to be awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate, which is presented as a mounted scroll.

All cadets are between 10 and 18 years-old and can be part of the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force or Air Training Corps.