From vol­un­teer to grad­u­ate

Mum’s Sand­hurst lead­er­ship de­gree

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Anne Sus­lak ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

A HILLING­DON Coun­cil worker who vol­un­teers for the Army Cadet Force Mid­dle­sex and North West Lon­don in her spare time has grad­u­ated from the Royal Mil­i­tary Academy, Sand­hurst.

Sarah Gard­ner, 36, re­cently com­pleted a masters de­gree in Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment with her stud­ies funded by Youth in Uni­form.

Ms Gard­ner, who is the mother of a three-yearold toddler, has been vol­un­teer­ing for the Army Cadet Force ( ACF) in Mid­dle­sex and North­west Lon­don for more than 10 years.

She helps to train young peo­ple in com­mu­nity work, weapons han­dling, ad­ven­ture train­ing and first aid. The ACF is one of the coun­try’s largest vol­un­tary youth or­gan­i­sa­tions, with 41,000 cadets aged 12 to 18.

Sarah, who lives in the bor­ough, said: “It was a great achieve­ment to be grad­u­at­ing but it added to the sense of oc­ca­sion hav­ing it at RMAS. I hope to in­spire oth­ers to achieve their aims.

“One of the Gen­er­als con­grat­u­lated us. He was so full of gen­uine praise and stated how im­pressed he was that we man­age to de­vote our time to cadets as well as hav­ing jobs and fam­i­lies, and on top of this we man­aged to get our qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“This made me re­alise what I have achieved, in gain­ing this qual­i­fi­ca­tion, whilst work­ing full time, be­ing a mum to a young toddler and vol­un­teer­ing at the same time.”

Sarah is Of­fi­cer in Com­mand of the Life Guards and is the first fe­male of­fi­cer in the reg­i­ment. She has had self help books and chil­dren’s books pub­lished and also de­signs hand­bags as a hobby.

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