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Local Lad receives Prestigious Lord Lieutenant Award for his commitment to the Sea Cadet Core

Jay Zaccarini age 17 from Barrow-In-Furness was proud to be presented with the award on behalf of the Queen for his commitment to the Sea Cadet Core (TS sovereign).

Jay travelled to Carlisle Castle on June 4th to receive the award which is picked by an independent board of cadet and Navy forces. Only five awards were presented out of one hundred nominations across the country.

Jay told HuddleHub his story:

“I have been involved in the Sea Cadets ever since I was little due to my dad being within the cadets for 35 years. I decided to join five years ago, to see what the Sea Cadets was all about. I really enjoy the Cadets, it’s so varied in terms of activities and qualifications which are available at no additional cost.

“I have gained qualifications such as 1st class Marine Engineering (B-TEC), 1st class First Aid, Powerboating licence, Sailing and B-TEC’s in leadership and teamwork. Although I have only been in the Cadets for five years I have reached the highest rank possible of a Petty Officer (PO) senior cadet within the unit.

“I also help teach the Engineering classes on a Tuesday and Friday evening and regularly attend community events and charity collections of a weekend. Working closely in the community with charity’s such as the Samaritans on a project going into local schools gives me the opportunity to be involved with things I would have never of thought possible, as well as being involved in senior VIP events with the unit, including visits from Rear-Admirals, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria as well as doing presentations for the Major."

When BAE Systems found out about my award they said: “Apprentice Designer Jay Zaccarini is described as "a very impressive Apprentice” who has made a positive impact on the programme with his work ethic, involvement in the Apprentice Council and volunteering at Bendrigg (outdoor activity centre for disadvantaged young people)." Now 17-year-old Jay has won recognition on a wider scale.

"Jay continues to grow in confidence and ability, and receiving the award has shown him that his tenacity and dedication have been recognised. Well done Jay."

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