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Cadets collect gold
8:30am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
CADETS from Droitwich Air Training Corps visited St James’ Palace to get their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Youngsters travelled to London last week to receive their certificate from trustee and gold award holder HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The gold award presentation is a celebration and recognition of the cadets’ achievements in the programme.
Rachel Handley, Victoria Lane, Hannah Watson and Gerallt Wheeler from the Droitwich group worked tirelessly throughout the five sections of their Duke of Edinburgh programme over an 18-month period to achieve their gold award. The diverse activities included an expedition to the Peak District, where the group sought and recorded aircraft wrecks from the Second World War.
Three of the four cadets have now had to leave the ranks as they have reached the upper age limit, but they have returned to the squadron as volunteers to help the present cadets.
Former cadet warrant officer Gerallt Wheeler, now a civilian instructor, said: “We all learnt so much through both the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and through being part of the air cadets. It prepares you for life and is a fantastic thing to have on your CV.”
All cadets at the Droitwich squadron are given the opportunity to take part in the scheme with many achieving highly.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme is just one of a wide range of activities enjoyed by members of the Droitwich Air Cadet Force, which earlier this year was judged to be the second best squadron in the country.
Anyone wishing to join should contact Paul Wilde on 07912341757. The squadron is also looking for people to join its civilian committee which helps to raise money to provide equipment and activities for the cadets.
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