East Anglia cadets finalists at CVQO Westminster Award

Cadets at CVQO 2018 Westminster Awards

East Anglia cadets from all three Cadet Forces attended as finalists the annual CVQO Westminster Award lunch this month.

Jack Larder from the Suffolk ACF Ixworth Detachment at CVQO Westminster AwardThree of the finalists were from the East Anglia region: Larissa Faldo of the Chelmsford Sea Cadets, Bradley Gunn of 295 (Witham & Rivenhall) Squadron RAF Air Cadets, and Jack Larder from the Suffolk ACF, Ixworth Detachment (pictured left).

All three cadets had joined 40 others at a selection event in April involving physical and mental challenges, outdoor activities, group tasks, problem solving and a final interview, after which they were three of eleven cadets chosen as finalists.

Larissa from Chelmsford Sea Cadets at CVQO Westminster AwardsThe eleven finalists attended the Award event at Westminster with families, friends and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as distinguished representatives from the military, government and world of education – all gathered to celebrate their achievements.

The finalists all received their ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management by CVQO Chairman Lord Lingfield, and the whole group have won a two-week trip to South Africa.

The CVQO Westminster Award is about overcoming adversity, taking on new challenges, helping those in need and generally striving to be a good citizen. Two of CVQO’s values are “caring and supportive” and “going the extra mile”. 

CVQO Guy Horridge at Westminster Award with cadetsGuy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive, said: “The CVQO Westminster Award has been going now for 15 years and it recognises those CVQO cadets who have consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment, not only to the cadet services but to society in general.”

Our congratulations to all of those who took part, and to the winners:

  • Alex Anderson, 1367 (Caerleon) Sqn – Westminster Award winner
  • Georgia Allison, 1414 (Crowborough) Sqn – Lingfield Medal winner
  • Jasmine Roper – Yorkshire North and West ACF Scarborough Detachment – ILM Award
  • Sam Ray – Weymouth Sea Cadets – BTEC Award

Bradley Gunn of 295 (Witham & Rivenhall) Squadron ATC at CVQO Westminster AwardCVQO is an education charity providing vocational qualifications to youth group members and the adult volunteers who devote their time to running them. Nominations for next year’s Award will open in November. Applicants must sit within the appropriate age bracket, be enrolled on or have completed a CVQO-led qualification and demonstrate the attributes the Award celebrates.


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