Volunteer gets national honour for his work

Gordon Badenoch.
Gordon Badenoch.

A Northumberland octogenarian who has voluntarily dedicated 36 years of his life to the Air Training Corps has been recognised with a national honour.

Gordon Badenoch, from Blyth, has been given a British Citizen Award for his services to volunteering and charitable giving.

Gordon became involved in the Durham and Northumberland Wing Air Training Corps (ATC) in 1979, and has provided service to various units within the Wing.

He retired in 1993 and immediately volunteered with the wing and squadron civilian committees so he could continue to provide support to members of the ATC.

He now serves as secretary of the wing welfare committee.

He said: “I was somewhat surprised to receive the award. I do what I do from the point of view of helping young people. It keeps me active and gives me something to do. I hope to carry on for as long as I can.

“Looking back, I suppose it’s been a bit of a juggling act to do my voluntary work alongside my family and working life, but you don’t think about it at the time.”

Mr Badenoch is one of 30 medalists who will be honoured at the Palace of Westminster.