12 May 2014
Hastings Army Cadet Volunteers Sarah and Adam Earley (pictured) have been honoured by the Lord Lt of East Sussex Mr Peter Field for their long service to the local community.
Sarah and Adam met and married while serving as adult volunteers with the Army Cadet Force, so it was only fitting that they received their medals together at the ceremony this week.
Adam who runs the Army Cadet detachment at Hastings, said “I have been in the ACF as an adult volunteer since 2001, but I was a cadet myself so I've been involved for as long as I can remember. I’m now running Hastings detachment where we have more than 30 young people attending twice a week. The ACF gives local young people the opportunity to take part in a variety of challenging and adventurous activities which may otherwise be inaccessible to them. I can’t recommend it highly enough and now my own son is a member and getting so much out of it just like I did”
Sarah (38) who joined as a cadet at the age of 14 has now been an adult volunteer for almost 20 years. Her current role is in looking after the cadets and adult staff in 9 detachments around East Sussex. She said “The ACF has given me so much over the years. The skills I have learned have given me confidence to do more in my day job and I get a huge amount of pleasure from watching young people join our organisation and develop themselves through the experiences we offer”
Mr Field said that he was pleased and proud to present these awards on behalf of HM Queen to people who give voluntary service to their local community.