Two talented Doncaster teenage cadets have been jointly awarded the prestigious appointment of Lord-lieutenant’s cadet for South Yorkshire – the highest honour in the cadet forces – in recognition of their outstanding service.
Leading cadet Curtis Hatton, 16, from Dunscroft, and flight sergeant Amy Heppinstall, 18, from Bawtry, were appointed by Mr David Moody, Lord-lieutenant of South Yorkshire, at a special ceremony held at Scarbrough Barracks in Doncaster, in front of family, friends and dignitaries.
Those in attendance included under sheriff for South Yorkshire Rob Chitoriski and councillors from across the region.
Curtis was described at the award ceremony as a “very loyal and determined cadet who has worked tirelessly for his unit” in the last four years.
A key member of the unit’s drill and football teams, Curtis has also captained the adventure training and first aid teams and is very active in the community, supporting the Royal British Legion, Breast Cancer Care and many other charities.
Curtis, who is in his final year at Hungerhill School, said: “I initially joined the sea cadets just as a fun thing to do really, but over the years my interest has increased and I have enjoyed working my way through the ranks from junior cadet through to leading cadet.”
Amy was described at the ceremony as a “great asset to the squadron commander in the organising and running of the unit.”
She has achieved the bronze and silver awards of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and said: “I feel very honoured to have received this award. It is a privilege to be recognised for my hard work over the years, although it would not have been possible to achieve the award, without the continued support and guidance from the staff.”
Lieutenant colonel Jeremy Bleasdale said: “I’m delighted for Curtis and Amy who are shining examples of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”