Volunteers' Service Awarded!
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
Two North Tyneside volunteers have been commended for their selfless commitment in helping and supporting young people in the community.
Steve Cavanagh, 53, of Killingworth, and Father Martin Lee, 48, of Benton, both received a Certificate of Meritorious Service for the role they fulfil with the Air Cadet Organisation at 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron.
The Certificate for Meritorious Service is a prestigious award which recognises services of outstanding merit that has been rendered beyond the normal demands of duty.
“It was very surprising to receive the award” said Steve. “It’s great to be recognised for doing something that I enjoy but it is a testament to the squadron to allow me to be recognised to receive such an award. I’m very proud of the squadron and it’s great to be a part of and it’s only by standing the squadron’s shoulders have I been recognised” added Steve.
Steve is the squadron’s STEM Officer and has led the young cadets to gain and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematical knowledge in a practical learning environment, with more than 40 qualifications being earned by the youngsters.
Farther Martin has served on the squadron for almost 7 years since arriving to the area and has assisted in the successful development and implementation of an integrated Leadership and Citizenship Programme. He also established The Basement Project – an after school provision for young people.
For Farther Martin, his surprise award was presented during a Church Service! “It was a wonderful surprise to be recognised by the organisation and it was rather emotional to have received it during the Service,” he said.
Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “Both Steve and Martin thoroughly deserve the award and recognition. I’m very proud to have them as part of our team and thank them both for their hard work, selfless dedication and commitment in supporting the young people who we are here to serve in such engaging enterprises.”
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above, if you’re up for a challenge!?
For more information please visit the Squadron website