The Queen’s representative for Mid Glamorgan has paid tribute to the work of adult volunteers and officers in helping to keep the cadet flame alive during the pandemic.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Professor Peter Vaughan QPM CStJ, was speaking as he held his first ever virtual awards ceremony to celebrate high achievers from the reserve and cadet communities.

“The global impact of the Covid pandemic has been all to apparent, families have suffered devastating tragedies and our lives have been altered through the changes we have had to make,” said Professor Vaughan.

“Whilst these times are truly exceptional it is essential that we do not overlook those whose service is so important.

“Our Cadet Forces are truly amazing organisations, and deserve our congratulation where the combination of military training, civilian qualifications and community work certainly help to develop our young people and put something back into society

“Of course the success of the Cadet Forces is not only down to the young people, it is down to the officers and the volunteers who put so much of their own time into making such difference.

“And I’d like to pay tribute to those individuals particularly during this period where ingenuity, the way that they use social media has ensured that training and contact that has been essential has continued with our young people – quite simply what they have done has been awe inspiring.”

Three young people, Able Cadet Aaron Thomas from Pontypridd of Rhondda Sea Cadet Corps, Cadet Flight Sergeant Morgan Hunter-Smith from Merthyr Tydfil of No 1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Warrant Officer Maddison Parkhouse from Bridgend of No 3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets were appointed to the role of Lord-Lieutenant cadet for 2021. (Pictured below in chronological order)

The role which lasts for one year includes attendance with the Professor, who acts as the Queen’s representative, at a number of official engagements such as Remembrance events, Royal visits and parades.

They three will follow in the footsteps of  Able Cadet Morgan Selby of Rhondda Sea Cadet Corps; Cadet Staff Sergeant Adam Bertorelli of Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force; Cadet Warrant Officer Megan Lambert of No3 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets; Cadet Flight Sergeant Rhys Phillips of No1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and Cadet Sergeant Rachel Bautista of Treorchy School Combined Cadet Force who were awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate and Badge for being the 2020 representatives. (Pictured below in chronological order)

Six adults were also recognised for their outstanding service and devotion to duty and awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit.

There were Petty Officer (SCC) Annette Owen and Ms Lucy Thomas both of Rhondda Sea Cadets Corps; Sergeant Martin Edwards of No1 Welsh Wing RAF Air Cadets and 2nd Lieutenant Bethan Foweraker, Staff Sergeant Instructor Roy Edwards and Staff Sergeant Instructor Scott Davey all of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF. (Pictured below in chronological order)

There are more than 1,200 volunteers across Wales who help over 4,400 active Cadets. They provide opportunities and inspiration to the next generation. This is often delivered through life changing experiences, skills and qualifications.

The awards ceremony was organised by RFCA for Wales – an organisation that has supported the Armed Forces for over 100 years.

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