A teenage Cadet with Down's Syndrome has won praise for raising more than £1,300 for an Armed Forces charity in an epic eight-and-a-half-hour walking challenge.
Lance Corporal Niquita Potter, of the Devon Army Cadet Force, has been hailed as the BFBS Radio Cadet Of The Week after she set herself the challenge of raising £100 by walking five miles – but ended up smashing her target and walking almost three times the distance.
Her commanding officers said this had been a big challenge for the Cadet not only because this had been the longest trek she had done but also for persevering well beyond her initial goal.
The Cadet, of the Devon Army Cadet Force, ended up raising more than 13 times her fundraising target and walking 14.1 miles during the eight-hour trek.
She raised £1,307.16 in total for the Walking With The Wounded charity, which helps provide vulnerable veterans independence through employment.
Niquita was featured as BFBS Radio's Cadet of The Week for her phenomenal fundraising efforts, and she, along with her mum Sarah, spoke to BFBS presenter Tim Humphries about why she took on the challenge.
The Cadet said she wanted to help Walking With The Wounded and decided to push herself beyond her goal, which she completed with her sister Nadine, and Nadine's partner Matthew, walking alongside her.
The walk was completed as part of Walking With The Wounded's annual December challenge, Walking Home For Christmas, in 2020 to help raise money to support the charity's work with the NHS.
Niquita's efforts have be recognised across the Army Cadet Force, and she has received letters from Lt Col Hadfield from 5 Rifles and also Brigadier Williams, Deputy Commandant Cadets. Major Paul Atkin D Company DACF, Niquita's detachment, shared his praise, saying:
"The distance she walked is the furthest she has ever walked and was a high challenge and inspirational."
The Cadet walked from Haytor on Dartmoor, a well-known training area for the Armed Forces including the Royal Marines, and trekked all the way to the Devon town of Newton Abbot where she finished the walk at the town's war memorial.
Her family are very proud of her efforts, not least for showing that having Down's Syndrome is no barrier to achievement.
The teenager has a number of other accomplishments under her belt including taking part in a variety of outdoor pursuits, such as canoeing, abseiling, scuba-diving and swimming.