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Gold Rush for staff at Swadlincote

Article posted: Nov 18, 2012 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Eight Instructors from the 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Cadets have achieved the revered Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Mercian Private Adam Bayley-Bligh, Pilot Officer Richard Gaskell, Military Police Officer Lance Corporal Simon Martin, Firefighter Oliver Sartain-Berry, and Air Training Corps Instructors Robert Charlesworth, Edward Price, Thomas LeFevre and James Galliers-Parker achieved their Awards whilst volunteering as Instructors at the Squadron. Each completed numerous expeditions across the United Kingdom and over eighteen months of volunteer services within the local community, as well as achieving advanced sports qualifications and learning new professional skills, as stipulated by the rigorous assessment regulations.


from left to right:
Firefighter Oliver Sartain-Berry, Mercian Private Adam Bayley-Bligh, Pilot Officer Richard Gaskell

Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty presented the Awards to the team in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony held at St James’ Palace in London this week, supported by an audience of the teams’ colleagues, friends and family. In addressing the assembly, Air Commodore McCafferty acknowledged the exemplary level of effort and achievement the Gold Award represents, and congratulated the team on their success.

1211 Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thomson, reflected: “The entire Corps and I are extremely proud of this enthusiastic and dedicated team for their excellent success in achieving this Award.”


from left to right:
Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thomson, Civilian Instructor Edward Price, Civilian Instructor Robert Charlesworth, Firefighter Oliver Sartain-Berry, Pilot Officer Richard Gaskell, Mercian Private Adam Bayley-Bligh, Group Captain Brett Morrell

The world-renowned Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is held in the highest regard by education establishments and employers for the skills and attributes demonstrated during the completion of an Award, providing Award achievers with a valuable advantage in todays competitive job market.

CI O Sartain-Berry
Squadron MCO