December 16th 2015

Reservists receive seasonal awards

Six Reservists have been recognised for their contribution to the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) at a Christmas awards event.

The personnel, who each serve with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only RNR unit, attended a prize giving event on Tuesday 15 December, where they were recognised for their individual high levels of performance.

The following awards were presented:

  • Lieutenant Commander Hattie Jacques received an award for her long term contribution to the RNR
  • Lieutenant Commander Jenny  Sanderson received the Gilbert Towle Sword award for being the best Officer
  • Petty Officer Jason Kingham received the prize for being the best performing Rating , with Able Seaman Richard Cooke being highly commended.
  • Able Seaman Danielle Holmes received the award for best new Recruit, with Able Seaman Hannah Crowson in second place.

The awards event formed part of HMS Sherwood’s annual festive carol service, which was also attended by representatives from the Army Reserve’s 350 Field Squadron Royal Engineers, who share the same site as the RNR in Nottingham.

Carol concert and awards evening HMS SherwoodLieutenant Commander Hattie Jacques, who lives in Long Eaton, said: “I was delighted to be awarded a prize for my work with the RNR. I originally joined the Reserve Forces in 2004 as I wanted to experience new challenges, alongside my civilian job.  I feel honoured to be recognised by fellow reservists in my unit, for making a significant contribution over a number of years.

“Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to  be a part of HMS Sherwood moving to a new training base in Chilwell, Nottingham, as well as travelling across the UK and aboard for training. Some of my personal highlights include being part of the staff running the Hermes fast-track officer training programme last summer at Britannia Royal Naval College, experiencing canoeing in Canada and taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior onboard RFA Lyme Bay. The RNR has opened up lots of opportunities for me to work all over the world, build my leadership skills and confidence and ultimately to be able to give something back by then developing and training others.”

Over 100 Reservists were joined by their family and friends at the event, which included a selection of traditional Christmas songs including ‘Hark the Herald the Angels Sing’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.

“I was delighted to be awarded a prize for my work with the RNR."