Major Andy Pilling, Company Commander No 3 (Somme) Company
It is always a privilege to see the Cadets in Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force pass through their star levels and be promoted through the ranks in their cadet careers. It is more than a privilege to be able to nominate a young man, who balances everyday life, along with football, cadets and being a young carer.
Cadet L/Cpl Whitehead from Reddish Detachment is a young carer for his mother and this year he was recognised for what he does. On Monday 21st February 2022 he attended the ceremony for the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Award for Young Citizen 2021. In the presence of his very proud Mum, Rachel, L/Cpl Whitehead was awarded runner up for the Young Citizen of the Year Award.
A small recognition for a young man who, like many other young people caring for family members, never grumbling, or complaining, just getting on with it. Not seeking or wanting praise or reward.
On behalf of all in No 3 (Somme) Company and the whole of Greater Manchester ACF I congratulate him on a well-deserved award as one of the Young Citizens of Greater Manchester 2021.
From our Hon Colonel, Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL - Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
"I attended the Presentation Evening on 21 February at Bolton University. I am delighted to tell you that Cadet LCpl Ellis Whitehead of Reddish Detachment was announced as one of two Runners Up.
I attach some information and a photo of Ellis with myself and the High Sheriff. As the Hon Colonel of Greater Manchester ACF, I was extremely proud of him when receiving his award. I remain proud. Well done Cadet LCpl Whitehead.