September 16th 2016

Volunteers thanked for years helping youngsters in Derbyshire

Sgt Maj Andy Macpherson receives the Cadet Force Medal from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker

Two adult volunteers from Derbyshire have been recognised for their long-standing service helping youngsters in the county through the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Sergeant Major Instructor (SMI) Andy Macpherson detachment commander of Phoenix Street detachment and Captain (Capt) Chris Bridge, who is based at county headquarters in Derby, were both thanked for their service by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker.

The Cadet Service Medal is presented to adult volunteers who have volunteered in the youth organisation for 12 years. A bar added to the medal for every further six-years of service.

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the medals when visiting the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force’s annual camp in Thetford, Norfolk recently.

After 18-years of service, SMI Macpherson received a First Bar to add to his Cadet Service Medal.

After being a cadet himself he continued straight into volunteering, as an instructor firstly at Phoenix Street then at Sinfin, Spondon and Draycott before becoming detachment commander at Etwall then Company Sergeant Major Instructor (CSM).

The 37-year-old from Willington who works full time for Toyota at Burnaston is also team manager of Derbyshire ACF’s hugely successful cadet tug of war teams.

He said: “It’s an honour to receive this award from the Lord-Lieutenant.

“I enjoy everything about volunteering with the cadets and the opportunities it opens up to you.

“Being a cadet provided me with so much and it’s a privilege to be able to give something back.”

Captain Chris Bridge receives the Cadet Force Medal for his service from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire William TuckerCapt Bridge, aged 35, who works full time as a Sector Manager at JCB, was presented with the Cadet Service Medal at the camp after 12 years with the organisation including stints as Detachment Commander at Ripley and Training Officer and Officer Commanding of B Company at Chesterfield.

He said: “Seeing the looks on the cadets’ faces at all of the various activities we’re able to provide makes all the hard work worth it.

“I joined the cadets when I was young and it is a big part of what made me the person I am today. The organisation has helped in my career and gives me valuable experience that you just cannot get anywhere else.

“It’s humbling to receive this award for doing something that provides so much enjoyment.”

Deputy Commandant Chris Doyle said: “The whole experience of being a part of the Army Cadet Force is a wonderful experience in Derbyshire that just wouldn’t be possible without our excellent adult volunteers who do so much for the cadets themselves.

“Both SMI Macpherson and Capt Bridges’ dedication have helped provide the best experiences and care for the cadets that they can over the years and it’s great that the Lord-Lieutenant was able to help us recognise that formally.”

“Seeing the looks on the cadets’ faces at all of the various activities we’re able to provide makes all the hard work worth it."