It has been announced that CWO Paul Fothergill is to be awarded with the Duke of Westminster Award in June. This is an annual award which has been introduced to recognise the Cadet, from any of the thee services, who is considered most outstanding in a wide range of abilities and skills and who has demonstrated these attributes through a consistently high level of commitment and performance throughout his/her Cadet career. Cadets must have enrolled in CVQO’s BTEC Programme in order to be considered for the award. Nominees from the ATC, ACF and Sea Cadets were judged on several factors including academic achievement, contribution to society, communication skills, positive attitude and contribution to Cadets.
The award will be presented by the Duke of Westminster, who is a Major General, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves), and the most senior reserve officer in the British Armed Forces. He is also one of the wealthiest persons in the UK!
Also present will be the AOC Air Cadets, Air Commodore Harrision, who is the proffesional head of the Air Cadet Organisation.
Paul is the first Air Cadet to win the award and along with the Trophy he will receive a cheque for £500 to be used towards his education.
As the Senior Cadet NCO on the Squadron Paul’s achievements have been outstanding. He holds a flying Scholarship and is currently well on the way to completing his Private Pilots Licence. He has completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, holds the Corps Marksman and has taken part in an International Air Cadet Exchange to the USA and a major expedition climbing and jungle trekking in Ecuador. He is a qualified Community Sports Leader and is working towards becoming a qualified Mountain Leader. Paul is currently completing his ‘A’ levels an in addition to the many hours he spends working for the good of younger cadets, he also assists in running a local Cub Scout Unit.
The Squadron is immensely proud of Paul’s achievements and for his dedication and service to the local community and the Squadron. He justly deserves this prestigious award.