Awards honour town’s Cadets in Hailsham with awards

Hailsham cadets awarded
Hailsham cadets awarded

Army cadets in Hailsham have been presented with awards in recognition of their hard work and dedication.

The first accolade at the annual awards ceremony saw cadet Chloe Slade from No.19 Hailsham Platoon presented with the attendance cup by Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley.

She was presented with the award for achieving 100 per cent attendance for the year.

The second award, for the most improved cadet - was presented to cadet Alexa Loft for her hard work out side of the unit and helping new recruits.

Cadets were presented with a range of other awards, badges and certificates on the night including those for Best New Recruit and Best Uniform.

Shields were handed over to winners for Best Achievement and also for the Team of the Year, while a special picture frame was presented to the Best Cadet overall.

Dignitaries in attendance at the presentation included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Major General John Moore-Bick and Royal British Legion Hailsham Branch Chairman Mike Weller.

Cllr Bentley said she was delighted to present accolades to some of the cadets who have worked hard to achieve many goals throughout the past year.

She said: “The annual awards presentation demonstrated how far our army cadets have come and how much they have learnt and progressed as a team and indeed as individuals.

“I congratulate all these young people for all that they do for the local community and congratulations especially to the award winners. It’s a real achievement to receive such recognition.

“I’m very grateful also to the cadet leaders and adult volunteers who give up their time week after week to support our young cadets.

“We must remember that without the support of volunteer staff none of this would be possible.

“Here’s to the next 12 months for the No 19 Hailsham Platoon cadets.”

Tristan Martin, who is the Commander for the unit, added: “This year’s awards evening has been exceptionally special as it saw the introduction of a new award for a cadet who has dedicated the most time to the community.

“We are all proud of what the cadets have achieved this year, even an adult instructor was presented with an award which shows the hard work that everyone puts in to make the unit work for the young people of Hailsham.”