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By Charlotte MacKay
Annan and Eskdale
Special recognition for cadet

AN Annan Army Cadet sergeant major has been presented with a special coin in recognition of her volunteer work during lockdown.

CSM Leah Flett was awarded a Commander Cadets Coin for Achievement by Brigadier Christie OBE for her work motivating her fellow senior cadets during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leah, who is acting Cadet company sergeant major with the Minden training group, has been instrumental in providing lessons, support and mentorship and ensuring her detachment continued to connect virtually during lockdown.

In his letter to Leah, Brigadier Christie described her as a “lynch-pin” of the training group’s response to Covid-19 and apologised that the current circumstances meant a more formal presentation ceremony could not take place.

His letter reads: “I very much admire those who have actively chosen to make such an outstanding commitment to support the wellbeing of others and what I have read about you points to the fact you are a selfless individual determined to embrace our ethos and inspire your fellow cadets. We must not underestimate that many young people are finding current times at best upsetting and at worst distressing, and anything that can be done to maintain a connection, open up communication, provide an element of routine and ‘normality’, a focus or a distraction is vitally important. By being a role model and motivating your peers you are helping them to do and be the same for others. You are a credit to yourself, your family and friends and to our organisation.”

Leah has also been chosen as the new Dumfries Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the coming year.

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