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Sea cadets’ pride as they receive gold DofE awards
2:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
EVESHAM Sea Cadets travelled to London to be presented with a prestigious award by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Acting Petty Officers Joshua Karlinski and Rupert Owen, both aged 20, with probationary Petty Officers Matthew Annis and Jordan Griffiths, Acting Sgt Edward Betts and civilian instructor Jack Williams, all aged 18, went to St James’ Palace on Thursday, October 10, to be presented with their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards by Prince Philip.
Jordan, who lives in South Littleton, said he was pleased to have achieved the award.
“Evesham Sea Cadets has helped me to develop into a self-reliant and well-rounded young adult and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has complimented that,” he said.
“Duke of Edinburgh taught me to care about my local community, improved my self-confidence and allowed me to develop some of my skills. The whole experience has been amazing.
“I enjoyed my time completing the award and now want to continue with Evesham Sea Cadets to pass on my skills to the next generation of young people.”
Activities the group took part in included a four-day expedition in Snowdonia and working in the community.
Matthew also visited Singapore while Jordan travelled to Canada as UK ambassadors for the Sea Cadets.
Evesham Sea Cadet’s Commanding Officer and Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator Chief Petty Officer Keith Field said the award helped young people gain important life skills.
“I’m immensely proud of all six of them,” he said.
“Most of them who have been with us here at Evesham Sea Cadets since the age of 10 and seeing them grow from boys into responsible young men, makes all my work at Sea Cadets worthwhile.
“It is fitting they have achieved one of the best awards this country has to offer.”
For more information on Evesham Sea Cadets, call 01386 833383 or visit seacadets.org/evesham/home.aspx
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