Russell honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant

Wed, 24 Apr 2013

Arboricultural officer during the day, Russell gained the award for his dedication as a civilian assistant volunteer in the ACF. His achievement is recognised as one of the highest honours in the forces, ranking alongside the MBE – and is very rarely bestowed on civilians.

 

The certificate was presented to Russell by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, at a private ceremony held in April.

 

Formerly a cadet himself, Russell has volunteered at the Bingley detachment of the ACF for 20 years. He also works part time for our youth service as a leader for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and also as an expedition assessor.

 

Russell attends the majority of events planned by the detachment and assists on exercises and annual camps but despite encouragement many times to formally enrol in the ACF as an adult instructor and receive some pay for the time he gives, he has preferred to remain a civilian assistant.

 

Russell said: “I feel extremely honoured to have received this prestigious award.  I re-joined the ACF to put back in some skills I’d learnt and enjoyed as a cadet.  It’s enormously rewarding to see so many young people learning and enjoying themselves, and growing to become responsible young adults, and I’m very happy to be part of that.  To be recognised in this way is a great honour.”

 

Colonel Snagge, chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber, which runs the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates Awards, added: “Without the selfless commitment of many hundreds of volunteers across the region who give up their time outside working hours, the cadet organisations and reserve forces simply couldn’t exist.  I am delighted that Russell’s service has been recognised in this way and I have no doubt he will continue to make a great difference to the cadet organisation.”

Colonel Snagge also appealed for more adult volunteers to support the region’s 5,400 cadets: “The cadet movement is one of the most prestigious youth organisations in the world, and its popularity means we need more adult instructors to lead the cadets and deliver the quality of experiences, adventure and community projects which our cadets enjoy.  We would love to hear from people who are willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an adult instructor – no military experience is needed.”

Russell was one of only eight people in West Yorkshire to be awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate, which is presented as a mounted scroll.

For more information about the role of reservists or to find out about becoming an adult volunteer in the cadets, please visit the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association website at www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk

 For further information, please contact Paul Barnard on 0113 887 8421 / 07794 673947 / paul.barnard@missionagency.co.uk