29 June 2017

On Thursday 29th June cadets and honoured guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the House of Lords as we celebrated the 14th annual CVQO Westminster Award.

Durham’s very own Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Nancy McKenna was among the top 10 cadets in the 2017 award, where she was presented with the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Certificate.

All 10 of the finalists are winners, given that they will shortly be departing for a potentially life-changing two week educational expedition to South Africa.

The lunch represents the culmination of the yearly CVQO Westminster Award, which seeks to reward those CVQO learners who have not only excelled at their youth group commitments, but gone over and above, helping others around them and displaying real altruism. CVQO received a record number of nominations this year and so competition for places was tougher than ever. With that in mind our finalists should be exceptionally proud of their achievements.

Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive, said: “The Westminster Award was set up fourteen years ago to recognise those CVQO cadets who have consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment in their contribution to society and to their cadet services”.

Nancy McKenna, said: “I had an great day, all of the finalists were worthy winners and we now look forward to our South Africa adventure. It was an amazing opportunity to attend the House of Lords and have guided tours of both the House of Lords and number 10 Downing Street. I feel thankful to have been nominated”.

Over 2,000 cadets were eligible to be nominated for this prestigious award and the 10 finalists selected from a shortlist of 200 this year, more than ever before. This reflected not only the large number of nominations, but the fact that they had submissions from the Fire Service, St John Ambulance and Police cadets aswell all of the UK uniformed Cadet Forces – to be in the final 10 is outstanding, well done!

This is the sixth national finalist for Durham ACF and sixth cadet to experience the once in a lifetime expedition to South Africa in the summer. Nancy will be jetting off to experience African culture, environmental awareness, cultural experiences, battlefield tours and a chance to see the big 5 animals in Africa!