Gold Award for Flight Sergeant Holdridge
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By Flt Lt J Docherty - Dept. MCO, South and West Yorkshire Wing
An Adult Volunteer from Armthorpe Air Cadets, Flight Sergeant (ATC) Nicolas Holdridge, has recently returned from St James’ Palace where he received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the highest Duke of Edinburgh Award possible.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a programme of activities designed to test the participant’s teamwork, perseverance and improve their confidence. This is done by completion of five sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills, A week long Residential and a Four day (Three night) Expedition in Wild Country.
Nicolas made the trip to London to be presented with his hard earned award by Group Captain Carol Vorderman MBE RAFVR(T), Ambassador for the Air Cadets. He also met HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, who has taken over some of the Award duties from his farther and award founder, HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
After being presented with his award Nicolas said “Being presented with my Award by Carol Vorderman was fantastic.” He continued, “The Award took a lot of effort and time to achieve, but was worth it all”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is only one of many activities offered at Armthorpe Air Cadets, to both the cadets and their adult volunteer staff. Cadets have the chance to do many activities including flying, visits to RAF stations, adventure training & sport.