Volunteer Receives National Honour for His Work
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
A North-East volunteer who has voluntarily dedicated 36 years of his life to the Air Cadet Organisation has been recognised with a national honour.
Gordon Badenoch, 82, from Blyth, has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to volunteering and charitable giving.
Since 1979, Gordon has been committed to Durham and Northumberland Wing Ė first as a civilian instructor, then a commissioned officer and now as honoury secretary to top performing squadron 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron. During his time he has provided support to 3 Wing Commanders and numerous Squadron Commanders.
Gordon said, ďI was somewhat surprised to receive the award. I do what I do so that I can help young people, keep active and meet new people so I hope to carry on for as long as I can.
"Looking back, I suppose itís been a bit of a juggling act to do my voluntary work alongside my family and working life, but you donít think about it at the time," he said.
Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, "The time Gordon has given over 36 years has helped to inspire so many young people to achieve, gain life skills and enjoy many opportunities."
"He has inspired so many people and is such a worthy recipient of this award," said Gary.
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