Congratulations to Cadets Ben Harbottle and Amy Barbour, who both aged 16, were awarded the British Citizen youth Award at a formal presentation at the Palace of Westminster.
The event took place at the Houses of Parliament, with family, friends and VIP's in attendance.
Cadet Sergeant Major (Sgt Maj) Ben Harbottle
Unable to speak properly until he was nine years old, Ben spent much of his early years being ignored and labelled, the knock-on effect was that his confidence was significantly affected.
At primary school, he was bullied, so he chose to go to a different secondary school to his former classmates. When he started there and because of his poor academic performance, he ended up in groups with under achievers who had no interest in learning. It was then that Ben set himself a personal challenge to pass his GCSE’s with the best grades possible. It was also during this time that he joined Durham ACF, as a way to meet new people and develop his confidence.
Since joining the ACF, Ben has been on the Cadet Exchange to Canada, became a 4 Star Staff Sergeant Major, passed his Master Cadet course and has been appointed Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Tyne & Wear for 2019.
Despite setbacks, in 2018, Ben’s challenge paid off, he worked hard and went on to achieve excellent grades in his GCSE’s, surpassing all expectations. His personal journey has been a testament to his dedication and determination. Ben’s ambition is to become an Army Officer.