Two volunteers who serve with the Reserve forces in Sheffield have each been awarded one of the highest honours in the armed forces.
Aid Cadet volunteer Graham Ackrill, from Waterthorpe, and Army Reserve surgeon Jonathan Reynolds, who serves with 212 Field Hospital in Sheffield, have each been awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate, which ranks just below the MBE.
The awards were presented to the duo by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, in recognition of their outstanding contribution and dedication to their services.
Graham volunteered originally to support the Air Cadet Organisation over 32 years ago.
The musician has built a reputation across the Wing for creating award winning squadron bands, from cadets with no previous musical experience.
He said: “I’m very proud to have received such a prestigious honour. I’ve always been keen to help young people, and in a way I also felt I wanted to give back the help and experience I had the fortune to enjoy as a young person myself.
“Music has always been a love of mine so it was only natural that this was the area I seemed to specialise in. It’s been especially nice that one of my former cadets who I taught music to over 20 years ago put me forward for this award.”
Jonathan, a consultant surgeon who recently returned from a second 10-week tour of duty in Afghanistan, joined the Reserves in 2008 at the age of 54. He lives near Belper.
He said: “To receive an honour such as this for just doing my job as a trauma surgeon is both humbling and a huge surprise to me.”
To find out about becoming a volunteer visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk