Carol Vorderman is all smiles as she is seen chatting to Air Cadets before she gives her backing to a Forces Radio BFBS campaign to turn young squadron members into budding film-makers in inspirational scenes at an RAF station.
The TV star and former Countdown host brought a touch of glamour to RAF Syerston, where she was invited to receive the Lennox-Boyd Trophy for furthering interest in aviation.
She might have been at the station to accept the honour but she wasted no time in seizing the moment to inspire and rally young cadets – and giving her support to the Forces Radio BFBS Cadet Takeover initiative – which encourages cadet members and units to film and submit videos that best capture all their fantastic, wide-ranging activities.
The vivacious television personality, who was earlier featured by Forces News as she accepted the award, also spent time talking to young cadets, asking them “You’re all having a fantastic time, aren’t you?” as they took time out from their Air Cadet Aerospace Camp activities to meet the star.
Speaking to Forces Radio BFBS presenter Tim Humphries, she explained how most of the cadets had been up in a Chinook helicopter as part of their exciting activities. She also described some of the amazing opportunities for the youngsters to get involved in a programme that puts them at the forefront of aerospace aviation.
She said: “I continue to feel very privileged to be the ambassador for air cadets,” adding that she was wearing “the biggest name badge in military history” as she pointed to her Carol Vorderman label on her khaki flight suit in a moment of humour with the cadets.
The former Loose Women star joined hundreds of cadets as she received the prestigious aviation award.
Countdown star Carol, who is the honorary Group Captain of the RAF Air Cadets, was awarded the trophy by the Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association (AOPA) for her work in doing so much to further interest in aviation.
She said: “As Ambassador of the RAF Air Cadets I am delighted to be receiving this award from AOPA in front of the next generation of young aviators at the Air Cadet Aerospace Camp.” The award presentation at the RAF station took place as more than 220 cadets from across the UK enjoyed a week of aviation and engineering-themed activities at the Nottinghamshire air base.
The majority of training and activities on the camp is delivered by air cadets who have completed the Qualified Aerospace Instructors’ Course.
Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets since 2014, Carol hopes to encourage more young people into science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
“The Air Cadets is an inspiring youth organisation for 12 to 19-year-olds and with the help of adult volunteers delivers fantastic STEM opportunities for young people across the country each year,” she said.
Away from the cameras, Carol continues to pursue her passion for taking to the skies. She has her private pilot’s licence and owns her own aircraft, Mildred.
Listen to the Forces Radio BFBS broadcast on Carol's day with cadets here:
The BFBS Cadet Takeover gives cadet members and local units the chance to develop their digital skills but also helps raise the profile of all the great benefits of being part of a cadet unit and all the activities they take part in that foster their role in the community.
Cadet members and units in the UK just need to film and submit videos that capture cadet activities - with a chance to win £500 of kit for their unit.
Entries are open now till Friday 1st September 2017.The winning video will be chosen by the BFBS judges.