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January 13th 2015

LINCOLNSHIRE VOLUNTEER RECEIVES MBE IN NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST

An adult volunteer from Lincolnshire has been awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for his outstanding contribution to the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Colonel Trevor Richmond, who lives in Lincolnshire, originally joined the ACF as a Cadet and went on to become an adult volunteer with them. In March this year, Trevor will have served 30 years with the ACF.

Serving as Commandant at Lincolnshire ACF for six years was a fantastic opportunity for Trevor. He explained: “Joining the ACF helped me to develop considerably as a person outside my civilian career, and the same applies to any Cadet over and above their schooling. The ACF is an excellent organisation for young people to develop their citizenship, leadership and confidence. They can also participate in sport, music, first aid and have the chance to work towards qualifications such as a BTEC or Duke of Edinburgh award.”

Reflecting on receiving his MBE, Trevor Richmond said: “I have been honoured for something I have enjoyed doing for many years. I have met and worked with many excellent Cadet Force adult volunteers along the way.

“I found out I had received the MBE by phone originally. Brigadier Nickerson, Brigade Commander of 49(E) Brigade telephoned me during the Christmas period to break the news. I have since received a formal letter from both the Commander and Prince Philip, Colonel-in-Chief of the ACF, which is a great honour.”

In confirming the good news to Trevor, the Brigade Commander commented that Trevor has been an inspirational role model to Cadets in Lincolnshire and that the county’s ACF flourished under his command as Commandant.

During Trevor’s ACF career he has previously visited Buckingham Palace on four separate occasions – the first being in 1960 to take part in the Cadet Centenary Parade. He also attended the Cadet 150 Royal Review in 2010, meaning he is the only serving member of the ACF to attend both events.

Trevor continued: “I was both surprised and delighted to receive the award. My grandfather served in the Army in World War One, my father served in World War Two and my uncle was a career soldier who later went on to serve with the Territorial Army, being awarded a Territorial Decoration. Receiving my MBE adds to our strong family history of serving our country and local communities.”

Trevor’s current ACF appointment is a Vice President of the Army Cadet Forces Commissioning Board at Westbury as well as being the Chairman of the Eastern Region 49(E) Brigade ACF Sports Board, encouraging young people to participate in sporting activities and competition.

In his spare time Trevor supports ABF-The Soldiers’ Charity, enjoys gardening and reading autobiographies.

Trevor will be formally presented with his award at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 26th February 2015.

To find out more about joining the ACF as an adult volunteer or a Cadet visit www.armycadets.com