5 teenagers from Redbridge, all members of 241 Squadron Air Cadets, have recently been honoured by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Redbridge, Colonel Alan Hall, with the award of certificates for their outstanding examples as cadets and member of the community.
These prestigious awards, known as The Deputy Lord Lieutenants Award, are awarded to cadets who having been nominated by their Squadron Commander, are selected by the Deputy Lieutenant for their service to the local community.
In the case of these cadets, they have all served a minimum of 5 years and are responsible of the Squadron for the running of a Flight of 30 cadets, and are in charge of discipline, welfare, attendance and motivation of youngsters aged from 13 to 19.
Amongst their many achievements all are holders of Gold or Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and Mike Cross, Terry Preston and Tom Burgess have flown solo in powered aircraft and have Flying Scholarship Wings. Kyle O’Donovan has flown a Glider Solo, gaining his Wings and Caroline Dent has participated in an Expedition to Sri Lanka, and all of them have worked for the community with the Royal British Legion and Haven House Children’s Hospice.
Caroline Dent said “this was a pleasant surprise to receive such an honour although it was slightly embarrassing to hear the citation saying how good I was being read out in front of my parents!”
The Officer Commanding 241 Sqn, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden said “these are excellent young people of the type this country should be proud off. These awards are recognition of their hard work over the years and their enthusiasm and commitment to the cadets”.
The photograph show Col Hall with (from left to right) IFS Caroline Dent, ICWO Tom Burgess, IFS Kyle O’Donovan, and ICWO Mike Cross. IFS Terry Preston was absent at the time of the awards.
Further information on Colonel Hall is below:
“Colonel Alan Hall has served Redbridge in excess of 20 years, and has the impressive achievement of working with over 20 mayors. His achievements range from charity work, through to lending his support to youth projects, such as Drugsline. Colonel Hall is also President of the St John Ambulance Ilford Division, President of London North East Scout Association, a Patron of the Haven House Foundation, and the Chief Trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund. Alongside presenting the Queen’s Awards for Industry, he has also been involved in organising royal visits for the benefit of the borough, including that of HM Queen”.