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Leadership is key to success for Ixworth army cadet

Phoebe Mercer who has been selected for the final stage of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award
Phoebe Mercer who has been selected for the final stage of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award

A Suffolk army cadet has been chosen out of thousands of youngsters across the country for the final stage of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award, 2017.

Phoebe Mercer, 17, from Ixworth, received the news this week after earlier qualifying for the final 60, out of thousands of cadets across the country.

The Duke of Westminster Award runs from November to July each year , and the final 10 candidates get to have lunch at the House of Lords, as well as go on a two-week trip to South Africa. Phoebe has now made it down to the final 30.

“I was surprised and pleased at the same time to get through and will now attend a third selection event in Somerset in April, for the final 10,” said Phoebe.

“To reach the final 30, I had to complete assignments illustrating how to overcome adversity, taking on new challenges, helping those in need and being good citizen.

“I made a video to cover each of the topics including how I got back to full fitness after being knocked off my bike, devised the slogan: the spirit of leadership drives you to success, and demonstrated what I had learned through the army cadets about leadership and teamwork.”

Air, sea and army squadrons can nominate one cadet from each unit. The award is open to other CVQO-partnered youth organisations such as St John Ambulance, fire service and police cadets.

CVQO is a UK-based education charity providing vocational qualifications designed to recognise work undertaken by young people and adult volunteers,within youth organisations.

Phoebe is the Company Sergeant Major of A Company, Suffolk ACF, was the Lord- Lieutenant’s Cadet 2016-2017 and was also chosen as Best Cadet for 2016 across A Company Suffolk.


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