From volunteer to graduate
Mum’s Sandhurst leadership degree
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.