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2020 Westminster Award update

Important information: please read carefully

Today we are pleased to announce the 2020 CVQO Westminster Award selection event finalists. Considering we received the highest number of nominations ever for this year’s Award, for these 40 young people it’s a phenomenal achievement and one that they should be rightly proud of. All nominees and nominating officers have been notified of the outcome via email.

We are sorry to say this good news is slightly bittersweet, however. In light of recent events and the coronavirus pandemic that is currently affecting the UK, CVQO has made the very difficult decision to postpone this year’s selection event until such time as we can be sure the wellbeing of our learners and their families will not be compromised.

CVQO is acutely aware of its duty of care to learners, supporters and staff. Their safety is paramount and it is for that reason that we have had to come to this decision.

What does this mean for the finalists?

We are currently making alternative plans to hold selection during the October half term, with an awards ceremony taking place in December. Clearly this has a knock-on effect on the 2020 South Africa trip that was scheduled to depart in early July. This has been postponed until 2021, when we will take this year’s finalists along with 2021’s, forming a ‘double’ expedition.

We hope this news does not overshadow what is a brilliant personal achievement for our finalists, but we know they will understand our motives for making this decision. CVQO is doing its best to ensure as many people will still benefit from the life-changing experiences the Westminster Award offers and we are all determined it will still go ahead, albeit according to slightly different timescales.

We will release further information as soon as we are able however, for now, here are our 2020 selection event finalists!

Abdul-Hameed Firfirey  Scarborough Sea Cadets

Alex Coombe 233 (Pershore) Squadron RAFAC

Alex Gill Derbyshire ACF, Spondon Det, D Company

Alexander Wiltshire Wiltshire ACF, Devizes Detachment

Amy Lee Middx & NW London Sector ACF, 195 Staines Detachment PWRR

Apple-Jane Hayward Brentwood Sea Cadets

Cameron Steer 234 (City of Durham) Squadron RAFAC

Charlie Moss St John Ambulance Portishead and Pill Cadet Unit

Christopher Berridge 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron RAFAC

Ella McAlister Dorset ACF, Christchurch Detachment

Ellen Hubbard The Thomas Hardye School CCF – Army

Ellie Waterman 54 (Eastbourne) Squadron RAFAC

Elliot Handley Wellington School CCF – Army Section

Emily Beardall-Edmondson Greater London SW Sector ACF, 143 PWRR Detachment

Emily Horton Nottingham Sea Cadets

Grace Hartup City of Leeds Sea Cadets

Hannah Taylor 1801 (Alnwick) Squadron RAFAC

Holly Vincentelli Gwent and Powys ACF, Machynlleth Detachment

Isabel Bottley Essex ACF, Rayleigh Platoon

Jade Wells Dartford & Crayford Sea Cadets

Jess Prentice 35 (Wetherby) Squadron RAFAC

Jorja Bailey South Yorkshire Fire Cadets – Rotherham (stn 18)

Lucia Pierlot Flitwick and Ampthill Sea Cadets

Matthew Knox 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron RAFAC

Max McGuire Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Ascot Drive Fire Cadets

Megan Richards Shropshire ACF, Pontesbury Detachment

Natalie Coleman Weymouth Sea Cadets

Olivia Pavitt Cambridgeshire ACF, Burwell Detachment

Olivia Smith 102 (Aberdeen Airport) Squadron RAFAC

Ollie Hales 158 (Braintree) Squadron RAFAC

Owen Timney Northumbria ACF, Slatyford Detachment

Phoebe Carlile St John Ambulance Havant Cadet Unit

Pilar Thorley-Saiz St John Ambulance Malden and Coombe Cadet Unit

Poppy Cooper 182 (North Trafford) Squadron RAFAC

Rory Donoghue 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron RAFAC

Sam Hilder Lincolnshire ACF, 2 Squadron, Stamford Detachment

Saskia Lewis King Edward VI Grammar School CCF – Army Section

Shahrooz Ghaedsharaf Yorkshire North & West ACF, Wakefield Detachment

Sophie Lambert Christ’s Hospital CCF  Army Section

Yaqoub Imran St John Ambulance Allesley & Radford Cadet Unit