Cadet Lance Corporal Madison Chaplin of Gwent and Powys ACF has been praised for her effort looking after the war memorial in Seven Sisters.
She took on the challenge of looking after the war memorial statue in her village for the volunteering section of her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, which requires dedication to a community project for an hour a week over a six month period.
Madison, however, committed a considerable amount of extra time to the project, often volunteering for over three hours a week, including collecting and disposing of rubbish.
Her dedication to maintaining the overall appearance of the memorial to respect the lives that had been lost in conflict was commented on by many members of the Seven Sisters community, who passed on their comments to their local county borough councillor.
Balancing this volunteering work with government restrictions and guidelines was challenging at times but Madison understood the complexities of what was required and following procedures to ensure that she did not put anyone, including her family, at harm.
Councillor Steve Hunt said, “The village and myself are very lucky to have Madison carry out this work for us in Seven Sisters as we all take a lot of pride in the appearance of the whole village, but most certainly our war memorial statue. Her professionalism and pride in what she did, for someone so young, is commendable.
“Madison is a credit to her family and the village of Seven Sisters. We are very lucky to have such an extremely talented and motivated young lady living here: I have no doubt that she will go on to do some fantastic things in her life and I would certainly wish her success in whatever she decides to do.”