DofE award for quintet of cadets

From left, Flight Sergeant Matthew Booth, Corporal Andrew Booth, Cadet Luke Brown, Cadet Martin Howitt and Cadet Jaison Harrison.
From left, Flight Sergeant Matthew Booth, Corporal Andrew Booth, Cadet Luke Brown, Cadet Martin Howitt and Cadet Jaison Harrison.
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Five air cadets have climbed the first rung of the three-step ladder for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

The Bedlington Squadron of the Air Training Corps members completed all the sections for the Bronze Award over all of the summer months and they have now received their accolades.

A lot of hard work and effort was put in by each of the recipients – Corporal Andrew Booth, 15, Flight Sergeant Matthew Booth, 18, Cadet Luke Brown, 15, Cadet Jaison Harrison, 16, and Cadet Martin Howitt, 16.

Flight Lieutenant William Booth, Commanding Officer of the squadron, said: “Their activities for the volunteering section included tidying the grounds of St John’s Church in Bedlington Station.

“Archery, volleyball and mountain biking were among the sports chosen for the physical section, each cadet must show progress over a period of time, and the hardest is the expedition where each cadet must spend two days and one night out in the wilderness.

“They must use their map reading and compass skills, as well as camping and cooking, and supervision is limited. This group chose a route along the North East coastline, taking note of castles and Second World War installations.

“I congratulate each of them on this fantastic DofE achievement.”

The RAF’s air cadets programme is open to males and females from 12 to 20 and the Bedlington Squadron meets at Waverley Drive on Mondays and Thursdays (7pm to 9.30pm).

Email oc.2522@aircadets.org for more details.