Middlesex and North London ACF volunteer celebrates double award at RMA Sandhurst CVQO Graduation Ceremony

Lieutenant Priscilla Ledlie of Middlesex and North London ACF received special recognition at education charity CVQO’s recent cadet force volunteer graduation ceremony, held at RMA Sandhurst on Friday 10 October.

In addition to obtaining her Licentiateship certificate, Lt Ledlie was presented with the CVQO Award for Most Outstanding City & Guilds Licentiateship Submission. Special awards were also presented to Major Hugh Wells (Lothian and Borders Battalion ACF), Lt Cmdr Alfred Simpson (Northern Area SCC) and Lt Cmdr Chi On Fung (Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps).

The ceremony celebrates the achievements of volunteers in all Cadet Forces, who dedicate their time to mentoring cadets nationwide. In total over 60 graduate volunteers celebrated receiving their City & Guilds and ILM qualifications. CVQO Chairman Lord Lingfield opened proceedings, before handing over to Chief Executive Guy Horridge to announce the recipients. Honoured guests, Peter Williams, Master at the Worshipful Company of Educators, and Chris Stephens, Director at City and Guilds, were also on hand to offer their congratulations.

Lt Ledlie said “I was very shocked to receive the award and didn’t realise how well I had done. This qualification has made me appreciate how much I do within the ACF and hopefully I have set an example to the cadets at the unit, by both graduating and winning this award.  “These are qualifications you can complete on your own merit – and they offer a brilliant opportunity for any adult instructor to receive recognition for their efforts”.

Attending the event, Government Chief Whip and MP for Surrey Heath Michael Gove said “Today is a fantastic day to celebrate the achievement and the commitment of the people that do so much to provide young people across the country with an example to look up to.  “Cadet Forces do an enormous amount to help instil character in young people and provide them with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy. Those volunteers who make sure Cadet Forces work are heroes and heroines of every community.  “The people we are celebrating today are those who take time out of their leisure time in order to help inspire young people and it is absolutely right that we should celebrate what they do – they are the best of Britain”.

CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge said “Graduation is always a tremendous occasion and RMA Sandhurst offers a prestigious and fitting location for our ceremony.  “Sandhurst is a place of education and development where officer cadets are not only taught their military skills but start their careers with education that will be relevant throughout their lives.  “It’s highly appropriate therefore that in this seat of learning, people enter as one type of person and leave as someone very different, having demonstrated their commitment, worth and value”.