The certificate was presented to Cadet Flight Sergeant Bethell, aged 18, by Mr David Briggs MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, at a ceremony at Chester Cathedral. The accolade means Emily now holds the position of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Cheshire.
Emily joined the Air Cadets in 2010 and since then has attended camps at RAF Brize Norton, Cyprus and Gibraltar, debated the future of the Air Cadet Organisation at RAF Cranwell and been selected to represent the UK and the Air Cadets in the International Air Cadet Exchange in Canada.
Emily, who attends Tyrtherington School and Sixth Form College, is also a qualified Royal Yachting Association Dinghy Instructor and dedicates her free time to instruct young sailors at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club. She also attends Bollington Youth Council Meetings, debating youth involvement in the Bollington Community.
Emily said: ‘When the envelope landed on my doorstep I never imagined what I would find inside! It was such a shock when the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association logo appeared at the top of the letterhead, and even when I saw my name under the heading “Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet” the enormity of my appointment didn’t begin to sink in. I have been blessed with so many wonderful opportunities in the ATC in 2015, and this honour is the culmination of what has proved to be an incredible year.’
Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive of the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association which runs the awards, said: ‘Cadet Flight Sergeant Bethell is an outstanding role model, especially for younger cadets. She is most worthy of her appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. The Cadet movement offers unparalleled opportunities for young people in our region to learn, grow and excel. We must ensure that these opportunities continue to be accessible to young people from all backgrounds, and this is only possible with the support of the dedicated Adult Volunteers who deliver the quality experiences, adventure and community projects our cadets enjoy. We would love to hear from people willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join the ranks of the region’s Adult Instructors – no military experience is needed and full training is provided.’
Emily was among only six cadets from across the whole of the North West of England and the Isle of Man to be awarded this prestigious appointment. All cadets are between 10 and 18 years of age, and can be part of the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets or Combined Cadet Force.