Inspirational aircraftsman and former air cadet Alexander Anderson has been recognised for extraordinary volunteering work with the coveted British Citizen Award.

Alexander from Newport, is one of 27 individuals to be recognised with the award, receiving his for services to volunteering and charitable giving.

This latest award follows on the heels of his British Empire Medal (BEM) awarded for charitable services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alex, 20, who himself has Asperger’s Syndrome, is a former 1367 (Caerleon) Squadron cadet, who began basic training with the RAF in December.

After leaving school, he became a very active member of his community by volunteering and fundraising for charities.

He volunteered at the Military Preparation College Newport, eight hours a day, five days a week, providing young people with support and a chance to get their Maths and English qualifications.

During the coronavirus pandemic, he has become the Military and Cadet Manager of the My Mental Health Campaign, which is currently growing through schools, universities, and cadet forces to provide people with the resources and guidance they need to maintain a healthy mind space.

Mr Anderson is also part of GAVO Youth Panel which funds grants for projects across Gwent to make a real difference, and has been fundamental in helping to allocate £30,000 of funding for various community projects.

The British Citizen Award (BCA), in association with One-Stop, is now in its sixth year and recognises exceptional people who positively impact their communities.

As well as receiving his medal, Alexander and the other winners have received an invitation to attend the House of Lords when it is safe to do so.

Wendy Pretten, managing director customer delivery at sponsors Places for People, who would have presented Alexander with his medal, added: “Once again, it’s undeniably disappointing we cannot celebrate together in person, but hearing about Alexander and his wonderful commitment to his community via numerous volunteering and fundraising achievements is heart-warming.

“Add to this Alexander’s involvement in a vital mental health campaign through his role as Military and Cadet Manager, following his own difficult personal journey whilst growing up, is astounding.

“I’m sure he will continue to inspire others for many years to come and has a very bright future ahead.”


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