Two cadets appointed to help Lord Lieutenant

Francesca Thurgood with Nigel Atkinson Picture: Stewart Turkington
Francesca Thurgood with Nigel Atkinson Picture: Stewart Turkington

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TWO teenagers have taken up the challenge of becoming cadets for the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, for next 12 months.

Combined Cadet Force Sergeant Robert Weeks, 18, from Hayling Island, and Sea Cadet Petty Officer Francesca Thurgood, 17, of Stubbington, will assist Mr Atkinson with his duties during the year.

Francesca, who joined the Sea Cadets in 2009, said: ‘I am very excited about this award – it really is the pinnacle of my cadet career.

‘Being a cadet has made me more confident and it is a challenge. We do lots of water-based activities which I love and I have managed to gain lots of skills such as first aid which I can use in my work.’

Robert said: ‘It is a great honour and it is a perfect culmination to my time in the cadets.

‘I joined the cadets as I was interested in a career in the armed forces, and as I progressed found that I really enjoyed teaching new cadets.

‘It is rewarding to be able to pass on my knowledge, it has improved my teamwork and leadership skills which will help me in later life.’

Lord Lieutenant cadets are appointed as a mark of outstanding service.

They will have the chance to meet members of the royal family who visit Hampshire during the year.

Francesca and Robert were appointed at a ceremony at the Winchester guildhall where Mr Atkinson also presented medals to members of the reserve forces, and cadets associations.