Victory for Varney from Staines Army cadets

2 June 2014

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Rebecca Varney from 195 Staines Detachment ACF has topped the public vote to become the CVQO Regional Ambassador 2014.

Rebecca and a guest will attend the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award lunch at the House of Lords on 26 June to receive her award.

This is the first year of the CVQO Regional Ambassador Award which was open to the 15 Duke of Westminster Award regional finalists who didn't make it through as a national finalist.

Rebecca, a student at Hampton Academy is an Army Cadet at the Langley Road Staines Cadet Detachment and completed a CVQO learning programme through her involvement in cadets. She has been in cadets since September 2010.

Steve Taylor, CVQO's Head of Corporate Communications said: "Congratulations to Rebecca Varney who I am confident will be a very good ambassador for CVQO. She can be very proud of her achievement and I know she will have a fabulous day with us at the House of Lords later this month. The public vote generated a lot of interest around the country and I'd like to thank everyone who voted either online or via SMS text. This year the Duke of Westminster Award had a record number of submissions and the standard was extremely high. The Award continues to recognise outstanding young people who are not only exemplary cadets but who have achieved so much more in terms of their own personal development, commitment to their community and to others."

CVQO is a UK-based educational charity that has been changing the lives of young people and adult volunteers through vocational training and development since 2001. Established by Edward Woods, former chief instructor at Cadet Training Centre Frimley, CVQO provides members of uniformed youth organisations (adults and young people) with opportunities to gain internationally recognised vocational qualifications.