Highest honour for Castleford cadet Chloe

Castleford army cadet Chloe Grieves (right) with Brigadier John Wardle, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
Castleford army cadet Chloe Grieves (right) with Brigadier John Wardle, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire

Talented Castleford army cadet Chloe Grieves has been awarded the highest honour in the cadet forces.

Colour Sergeant Grieves, 17, has been given the appointment of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet in recognition of her outstanding service in the army cadet force.

She was one of only 12 cadets chosen from 8,500 in Yorkshire and the Humber to be given the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate.

The award was presented by Brigadier John Wardle, vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a special ceremony held at the Yorkshire (North & West) Army Cadet Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, York.

The Whitwood teenager, who studies at Pontefract NEW College, said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award, and it’ll certainly ensure my final year in the army cadet force will be one to remember. It also a great honour to represent my county and hopefully I will inspire others.

“The army cadets is a fantastic place and I would gladly recommend it to anyone.”

Chloe’s achievements include receiving a BTEC in Public Services with distinction in addition to passing her cadet signaller and senior cadet instructors cadre. She has been the county first aid champion and helped lead the county first aid team. She has worked to help schools with anti-bullying programmes, as well as helping with fund raising events and support for charities such as the Royal British Legion.

Lt Col Jeremy Bleasdale, deputy chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “I’m delighted for Chloe who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities.”

For more information about the cadet movement, or to become an adult volunteer, visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk.