Each year CVQO invite cadet and youth group leaders to come forward and nominate a brilliant young person for something they’ve achieved.
Ben beat off competition form a variety of young people who are achievers in their own right. Ben, a member of the Hebburn Detachment of Durham Army Cadet Force, competed against 86,000 cadets from all cadet organisations, 4500 Applications to second stage, 40 young people were invited to selection, and 15 cadets to Cornwall and Westminster!
Ben won Lord Lingfield Medal and overall second place. Many overcame a personal challenge, helped a family member or friend in need, undertaken some amazing community and charity work or are simply an all-round terrific character.
Ben is a good team worker and has gained a sound knowledge and understanding of team dynamics by working as an integral member of the team.
Ben received introductory training in planning and organising himself and others in a logical manner. This has been demonstrated by his use of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for his own personal development.
Ben is always smartly turned out. He assists new recruits in improving their conduct and appearance. This improved confidence and self-esteem by learning how to look after and maintain personal equipment and by taking a pride in his personal appearance and the cadets he commands, he has enriched the morale in the detachment.
Through Cadet and the Community he has developed an awareness of community engagement and social responsibility by participating in local community events, such as Armed Services Day, fundraising activities through bag packs, Poppy selling and marathon runs. Also participating in civic parades, such as Armistice and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Cadet CSM Ben McCartney and ex-cadet Fusilier Aaron Robertson-McDowell put in a tremendous effort during the COVID outbreak of running 48 miles in 48 hours, raising £1140 for Help the Heroes and the mental health charity Papyrus (reducing Youth Suicide).