After more than a decade of service to Air Cadets in Wells, a volunteer and fundraiser has been honoured by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Gass.
Susan Moorehead, 55, joined 1955 (City of Wells) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) when her son joined as an Air Cadet 16 years ago. Since then she has become a main driving force for the Unit, organising a number of fundraising events for the Squadron every year.
She said: “Working for the Squadron is very rewarding and I really enjoy the work I am able to do with young people in the City.
“When you see the hard work the Cadets put in, you want to put some effort in yourself and give something back.
“I particularly enjoy organising events to raise funds for the unit,” she added, “I’m a real organiser and I love getting the events perfect so the Cadets can have a better Unit.”
In recognition of her hard work for the Unit, Susan was presented with a Certificate for Meritorious Service by Somerset’s Lord-Lieutenant Lady Gass at a special ceremony in Wells.
She said: “It came as quite a shock when I found out I was receiving an award, but I’m so honoured to receive it.”
Others who received Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards from Lady Gass at the Wells ceremony were:
• Reverend Steven James Reed, of Taunton, aged 61 – Reverend Reed is the Padre for 6th Battalion the Rifles and has played a huge role in supporting Reservists and Cadets across the County since 2010.
• Colour Sergeant Martin Wills, of Taunton, aged 61 – Colour Sergeant Wills has dedicated 41 years of his life to Army music, first with the Light Infantry band and for the past 19 years as a member of The Rifles’ Salamanca Band. He not only has great musical expertise but he supports the group by arranging new music, performing on several instruments and personally seeking out new recruits.
• Serjeant George Pas, of Chard, aged 38 – Serjeant Pas has been a member of B Company 6th Battalion, The Rifles, for 13 years and has twice been mobilised to Afghanistan. In 2011 he volunteered for mobilisation again but shortly after was involved in a road traffic accident leaving him wheelchair bound. Still a member of 6 Rifles within the Company Recruit Mentoring Team, George is a keen fundraiser for military charities such as SSAFA and completed a charity skydive earlier this year.
• Chief Petty Officer Rebecca Kerswell, of Street, aged 51 – Rebecca has completed nearly two decades of service to local Sea Cadets after joining the Yeovil Unit in 1994, later working at Glastonbury and Taunton Units. Since she took on the administration at all these Units they have achieved efficiency awards year and year. Rebecca is described as the Taunton Unit’s ‘unsung hero’ by her peers.
• Mrs Elaine Hunt, of Taunton, aged 50 – Elaine is a member of Somerset Army Cadet Force and is described as the ‘linchpin’ in the administration of 33 Cadet centres. She works long hours at little notice and attends countless weekend training sessions, especially in support of the shooting team, which under her guidance has produced a number of national representatives in the UK and overseas.
• Squadron Leader Brian Higgins MBE, of Bath, aged 73 – Squadron Leader Higgins is has contributed to the success of 93 (City of Bath) Squadron ATC for fully 42 years. In 1982 he was awarded an MBE for his continuing success. He freely gives his time, expertise and guidance to Cadets in the Unit on a regular basis and continues to offer an outstanding contribution to the ATC and the young population of Bath.