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July 25th 2016

Derbyshire volunteer is awarded

Major Garry Newberry presents bar to SSI Kath Buckland

A volunteer from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) has received an award for completing more than 25 years of service with the youth organisation.

Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Kath Buckland, aged 60, who lives in Stapleford, is currently the longest serving female at Derbyshire ACF and was delighted to be awarded with her ‘second bar’ to her Cadet Force Medal by her colleague, and fellow adult volunteer, Major Garry Newbury.

Adult volunteers in the ACF are awarded the Cadet Force Medal after twelve years’ service, with a clasp, colloquially known as a bar, awarded for each additional six years’ of service.

Kath explained: “I have loved working with the cadets over the years. It makes me so happy to see their faces when they achieve a goal, get presented with a badge or are just simply congratulated for something they have done.

“It is hard to believe that I have been a part of the youth organisation for such a long time, but it has been a great way for me to meet new people and new skills along the way.”

Kath explained that she doesn’t enjoy being the centre of attention, and did not expect to be presented with her award when she was.

She continued: “I was at a normal cadet training activity weekend when my award was presented. It was a complete surprise but I think my colleagues wanted it to be that way as they know I always shy away from the lime light!

“I’d recommend being an adult volunteer to anyone as you can fit it around your work and family life, giving up as much of your spare time as you want to.  I feel honoured to have received an award for my service.”

Kath spent many years as the Detachment Commander of Derbyshire ACF’s Long Eaton Detachment before moving on to her current position in the stores department. Being a Cadet Quartermaster Stores Volunteer allows Kath to ensure the cadets’ have the correct supplies they need for the wide range of activities that cadets engage in.

“I have loved working with the cadets over the years. It makes me so happy to see their faces when they achieve a goal, get presented with a badge or are just simply congratulated for something they have done."