Today (Friday 26th June 2020), as part of Armed Forces Week, we celebrate the excellent work of our cadets. The positive attitude and commitment amongst our cadet community is exemplary with both adult volunteers and cadets themselves as excellent ambassadors.
Commander VCC, Lt Col Terry Wing RMVCC, was delighted to have the opportunity to present virtually the first of the Commander VCC coins to two cadets from across the organisation for going above and beyond to #MeetTheChallenge during this unprecedented time.
Congratulations to Cadet Ethan of Lympstone Division RMVCC and Cadet Brieanna of HMS Collingwood RNVCC on your well deserved award.
The below citations are the reasons why both Cadet Ethan and Cadet Brieanna were awarded this, the first Commander VCC coins:
Cadet Ethan Rees
Cadet Ethan Rees, inspired by the fundraising efforts of Col Tom Moore, completed 100 laps of the Clyst Saint George cricket pitch wearing his MTP uniform and brown boots. In doing so, Ethan has raised £2,000.00 for NHS Charities Together.
Starting on his 10th Birthday, Ethan continued over a period of two weeks until he reached 100 laps and ran the equivalate to a marathon.
From doing this, Ethan has portrayed the Commando Ethos, which have been adapted for COVID-19 by striving to do better, respecting the rights, diversity and contribution of others but above all, you have definitely gone above and beyond to Meet The Challenge in a way that expresses unselfishness.
Cadet Brieanna Acton
Cadet Brieanna Acton truly embodied the Naval Service Core Values to which we all look to; courage, commitment, discipline, respect for others, integrity and loyalty especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she wanted to pay her respect to a neighbour who crossed the bar (WO J Davies RN Retd, with 33 years’ service) while maintaining social distancing.
With funeral attendees at a minimum during the pandemic, Brieanna embraced the respect for others and dusted off her Number Ones and answered the families call for anyone in uniform to line the streets outside the homes. By doing so, Brieanna is showing courage and loyalty to the Royal Navy cap badge and most definitely going above and beyond to Meet The Challenge during the pandemic.