Six members of the Battalion have been presented with Colonel Cadets Coins for Excellence by Col Patrick O'Meara, Colonel Cadets 51 Brigade, in recognition of their efforts over the past 6 months in keeping both cadets and adults motivated during the Army Cadet's current suspension of training


20 September 2020

  • 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF

Cadet Lance Corporal Keegan Campbell (15), from Brora Detachment, was awarded his coin for putting his time during lockdown to good use doing good for his local community. At the beginning of lockdown Keegan helped deliver meals to local people who were shielding and unable to get out of their homes. LCpl Campbell also took up the Alzheimer Scotland fundraising Cycle for Dementia challenge and pedalled 150 miles during the month of May, raising £1337 for the charity.

Cadet Lance Corporal Liam Mackay (16), from Brora Detachment, was presented his coin for the hard work he put in to marking VE Day in his local area village. Unfortunately due to the current global pandemic the event did not go ahead, however he published a video of him performing a piping tribute for the day. Both Liam and Keegan were also involved in the Battalion’s own St Valery tributes earlier this year where they both visited local St Valery Veteran David Beaumont.

Cadet Staff Sergeant Jake Rendall (17), from Lerwick Detachment, was awarded his coin for the huge amount of work he put into lessons for delivering as part of the Battalion’s Orkney & Shetland Battery's online training during the current suspension of Face-to-Face Training. His assistance was a massive help to the adults of the Battery who put the training together, as well as encouraging the cadets of the Battery to participate in as well as getting them involved in the wider ACF Challenges.

Lieutenant Catherine Browne (35), from Kirkwall Detachment, was nominated for her coin for her efforts in keeping the cadets of Orkney & Shetland Battery up to date with their training by putting together Online Training for the cadets of the Battery. Catherine has also been involved ACF Music, by performing in the recent ACFA Scotland Music Videos that were published online

Staff Sergeant Instructor Alistair Wilson (61), from Kirkwall Detachment, was nominated for his coin for his efforts putting together extra Online Training the cadets of Orkney & Shetland Battery. Alistair has also been involved with the putting together of the Battalion's new Traditional Music Band, which also had cadets been involved in the recent ACFA Scotland Music Videos.

The final coin that was presented was to the Battalion’s Training Safety Advisor, Warrant Officer 2 James Fraser for his efforts in keeping the flame alive for the cadets when they return to training. In the background he's been producing training aids and updating the Battalion's SharePoint Site for their adults to deliver the best possible training for the cadets when we return to normal training. James has also been active within the community delivering food parcels to his neighbours and vulnerable people who were shielding at the start of lockdown.