Royal pre­sen­ta­tion for golden win­ner Emily

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A CADET has col­lected a top ad­ven­ture award in a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Emily Bethell of 236 Bolling­ton Squadron Air Training Corps won the gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh award.

This is the high­est hon­our in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh se­ries of awards which cel­e­brate com­mit­ment by young peo­ple to vol­un­teer­ing, im­prov­ing a va­ri­ety of skills, tak­ing part in ex­pe­di­tions and par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport.

Emily, cadet war­rant of­fi­cer at the squadron, won the gold af­ter 12 months of vol­un­teer­ing, a four day ex­pe­di­tion and a res­i­den­tial stay­ing away from home with peo­ple she did not know.

She has now at­tended a Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace and re­ceived her award in the pres­ence of HRH The Duke of Ed­in­burgh and TRH The Earl and Count­ess of Wes­sex.

The Cana­dian As­tro­naut, Chris Had­field, pre­sented Emily with her cer­tifi­cate.

She said: “I was like a giddy child when I re­ceived the save the date email from the DofE team, even more so when I found out the pre­sen­ta­tion would be tak­ing place in the pres­ence of three mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily! Af­ter two years of blood sweat and tears, it was the most in­cred­i­ble feel­ing walk­ing through the north gate of the palace.

“I was lucky enough to talk to the Duke of Ed­in­burgh about my du­ties with the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire. He said that I must have to be ‘scrubbed up on a reg­u­lar ba­sis’ in my ca­pac­ity as the Lord Lieu­tenant’s cadet.

“It was a very sur­real and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Nicky Love­day, the hon­orary pres­i­dent, said: “Achiev­ing a Gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award is a re­ally big deal.

“It shows that the in­di­vid­ual has the skills, de­ter­mi­na­tion and emo­tional in­tel­li­gence to re­ally suc­ceed. The award high­lights the time and com­mit­ment that she has put in to com­plete this stage but also in pre­vi­ous years to at­tain her bronze and sil­ver awards.

“Emily spent 12 months vol­un­teer­ing and un­der­took a four day ex­pe­di­tion as well as suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a res­i­den­tial ac­tiv­ity - stay­ing away from home for five days with peo­ple she didn’t know.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions Emily - we are so proud of you.”

It’s been a busy year for Emily, whose dad is Flight Lieu­tenant Alan Bethell and Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing for the 236 Bolling­ton Squadron ATC, who has been car­ry­ing out of­fi­cial du­ties as the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire’s Cadet, help­ing Lord Lieu­tenant David Briggs with var­i­ous du­ties.

●● Emily Bethell with mum Sharon and dad, Flight Lieu­tenant Alan Bethell RAFVR(T) at Buck­ing­ham Palace

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