Sussex Army Cadet Force honoured to receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Sussex Army Cadet Force has welcomed the ‘wonderful acknowledgement’ of its work, having been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It was announced this morning that Sussex ACF was one of four groups in West Sussex to receive the annual award in 2020. It is the highest award for volunteer groups, in recognition of the outstanding work they do in the community.

Sussex ACF has 820 cadets and 194 adult volunteers at 25 locations across Sussex.

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Colonel David Steele, the Commandant, said: “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work, commitment, professionalism and dedication of the adult volunteers of Sussex ACF, by providing unique life-skills training and challenging activities for young people throughout Sussex.”

Sussex Army Cadet Force has 820 cadets and 194 adult volunteers at 25 locations across Sussex

The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, on behalf of the Queen in the autumn.

With its motto ‘To Inspire to Achieve’, Sussex ACF is always seeking new adult volunteers to continue its success. Visit or email [email protected] for more information.

The Army Cadet Force offers action, adventure, fun and friendship. It is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations, and one of the oldest, tracing its history back to 1859.

Membership is open to boys and girls aged over 12 and in at least year eight at school.

Some of the activities have a military theme, others have more of a community focus, but they all inspire young people to challenge their limits, become more independent, confident and able to step up to any challenge.

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