On Tuesday 26th March 2013, five cadets and one member of staff from 1181 Syston Squadron ATC boarded coach C of the East Midlands train to St. Pancras Station in London after a steaming hot cup of coffee in the comfort of Leicester train station. After enjoying several refreshments and five toilet stops each on the underground, we reached Old Street, London, and the quest to find the Premier Inn began. After several yards of putting our DofE skills into practice, we found our luxurious home for the evening.
A “quick” one hour change into our uniforms began and in the hour, both the girls and even the boys were ready to depart for the Roundhouse Theatre where the Grand Ceremony was being held. A quick navigation of the tubes made essential transport for getting around the big city of London. Mingling with other award winners, we soon discovered some of the amazing facts about why some people were at the event and what astounding things they have/had achieved. We were called to our seats and the evening began with our hosts, The Saturdays, comedian Eddie Kadi and Former UK Model and TV Presenter, Katie Piper.
The ceremony lasted two hours, revealing all of the fantastic award finalists and their commitments to their communities, we saw the winner’s faces and how much it meant to them to be recognised and rewarded for being an outstanding young volunteer in today’s society. Representing the East Midlands Regional Winners in the team volunteering catagory, the cadets from 1181 Syston ATC Squadron looked immaculate in their uniform and representing the Air Training Corps proud. They were nominated for the award as a result of 1181 Squadrons commitment to volunteering in the community and for other organisations such as RAFA and the British Legion. The volunteering gives them a sense of pride and achievement whilst also contributing to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards and their Public Services Btec run by CVQO.
Flt Lt Andy Kenyon said “Being nominated for the award and being invited to a large national awards ceremony is a testament to the hard work put in by the cadets of 1181 throughout the year. Their commitment to improving their community and helping others is a credit to themselves. I am very proud of them and all the work that they do.”
By Cdt Cpl George Sutton
1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC