02 Jul 2020

An air cadet has been recognised with an international award in the name of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Michael Saunderson,18, of Astor College Combined Cadet Force (RAF), Dover, has received The Diana Award for his achievements.

It is the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.

Michael has been a part of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) at Astor College for six years. For the last two years he has been a senior cadet attending twice a week despite his commitments as a young carer.

Flight Lieutenant Tara Young said: “His boundless commitment to his role and patience, taking time to listen to any concerns from the cadet leadership team, right down to the junior cadets has been amazing.

“The unit has undergone a challenging period of change throughout which Cadet Flight Sergeant Saunderson has excelled in supporting the CCF, leading on activities and training for the younger cadets, as well as fundraising for key events.”

Michael is now 18 but despite leaving school he is committed to his CCF “family” and intends to return as a volunteer helper in September.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive Officer of The Diana Award, said: “We congratulate all our new Diana Award recipients who are changemakers for their generation. “We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens. “For over 20 years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”

About The Diana Award

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. There are 184 recipients worldwide.

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