On Tuesday 19th May CWO Ajvir Sandhu and ex- Cadet Flight Sergeant Kyle O’Donovan went to St James’s Palace to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award certificates in the presence of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Both Ajvir and Kyle were with around 100 other young adults from around the country receiving their award. The two have given the squadron 11 years service between them and have both completed the Bronze and Silver awards. Unfortunately, due to security restrictions no photos were allowed to be taken inside the palace so this picture of Ajvir and Kyle with Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon, had to be taken outside. Liz was invited to the ceremony to present the awards (unfortunately this isn’t done by the Duke himself, who speaks to all the recipients, but due to the number the award itself presented by a prominent member of the national community) as she took part in a Bronze DofE expedition for charity earlier last year. To get the award, candidates must match a set criteria where individuals must learn a skill, offer voluntary services, take part in physical recreation, complete a 4 day expedition and attend a one week residential project.
241 Squadron prides itself in providing opportunities to its cadets to meet these criteria. It is to be noted that that Gold award is renowned and respected by universities and employers nationwide. This was a proud day for both of the boys and they fully endorse others taking part with the scheme.