Volunteers, Reservists and Cadets from Greater Manchester honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for exceptional service

Date: 04/10/2021
Author: North West Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Company: North West Reserve Forces & Cadets Association

Twenty eight adult volunteers, reservists, cadets and veterans were presented with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards during a ceremony held at Gorton Monastery last night. The awards are recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.

The presentations were made by Sharman Birtles JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester. During the ceremony Mrs Sharman Birtles commented: “I am so grateful for the remarkable service and dedication from all of the worthy recipients, you are all a credit to our community.”

The annual awards are organised in each County in the region by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man (NW RFCA). NW RFCA Chief Executive, Colonel Mark Underhill OBE DL, said: “As the organisation which supports and promotes the Reserve Forces and Cadets in the region, these awards ceremonies really are the highlight of our year.

“The Cadet organisations, both in communities and in schools, offer young people unparalleled opportunities, experiences, skills and qualifications. The achievements of the cadets who have received awards this evening truly are outstanding, and they are highly deserving of the recognition of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant.

“None of these opportunities would be possible however without the dedication and commitment of the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who give freely of their time and skills for the benefit of young people. Tonight gives us an opportunity to celebrate their exceptional volunteer service, and to thank them.”

In addition to the Lord-Lieutenant’s awards, Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council were presented with their Ministry of Defence, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, which they achieved in 2020. Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. 


Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Awards

The annual Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs), cadets and employees of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations of the Armed Forces are recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants are the representatives of the Crown for each county in the United Kingdom. Men or women of all backgrounds, they are appointed directly by Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man is Her Majesty The Queen’s Personal Representative, and is appointed by Warrant of Her Majesty The Queen.

Each year, the presentation of the Lord-Lieutenants’ Awards for Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Isle of Man, are facilitated by the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA).

The awards include: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Certificate of Meritorious Volunteer Service; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Certificate of Meritorious Cadet Service; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Commendation; and, the appointment of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Cadets for each county and the Isle of Man.

The North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA)

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the North West of England and Isle of Man (NW RFCA) is the organisation which facilitates, supports and promotes the Reserve Forces of all three Armed Services and the three Cadet organisations in the region. 

www.nwrfca.org.uk