A very Happy New Year to all Sandhurst Trust members
A round up of 2016:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, representing Her Majesty The Queen, was the Reviewing Officer at the 182nd Sovereign’s Parade on Friday 16th December 2016.
Commissioning Course 161 prize winners:
The Sword of Honour winner
The Sword of Honour, awarded to the Officer Cadet considered by the Commandant to be the best of the Intake, was presented to Senior Under Officer R E Wild, who is commissioning into The Royal Artillery. The Sword of Honour is donated and crafted by Pooley Sword Ltd.
The Overseas Sword winner
The Overseas Sword, awarded to the Overseas Cadet considered by the Commandant to be the best of the Intake, was awarded to Officer Cadet Behzad Heidari from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Overseas Sword is donated by the Ministry of Defence, State of Kuwait, in memory of Sheikh Ali Al Sabah, the former Defence Minister, State of Kuwait.
The Queen's Medal winner
The Queen's Medal, awarded to the Officer Cadet who gains the highest score in military, practical and academic subjects, was presented to Officer Cadet M D Spencer, who is commissioning into the Army Air Corps. The Queens Medal is presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Overseas Award winner
The Overseas Award, awarded to the Overseas Cadet who has achieved the best overall results in military, academic and practical studies, was presented to Officer Nicholas Sarjeev Kunalan from the Republic of Singapore. The Overseas Award is donated by the State of Qatar.
The Sandhurst Trust 2016
2016 was the busiest year yet for The Trust.
We ran 134 events, a steady increase over the last three years from 118 in 2015 and 109 in 2016. This additional income has significantly enhanced the charity’s working capital and, indeed, £77,000 was disbursed in 2016, up from £20,000 in 2015.
Major successes were as follows:
£21,280 given in Adventure Training Grants to 491 cadets
£4,041 given in grants to The RMAS Rugby Tour, International Military Pilgrimage, Visit of cadets to the Pakistan Military Academy and the 44 Squadron RLC skiing exercise
£15,000 given in grants to the Officers’ Association assisting 23 retired officers
£3,700 in welfare payments to 41 overseas cadets
The Trust also ran 22 reunions, up from 20 in 2015 and 14 in 2014 and, sadly, four memorial services
With the regular provision of prizes for cadet activities, sponsorship of leadership debates and leadership encounters the Sandhurst Trust is now a well-established part of the fabric at the Academy.
Further afield, ST provides prizes for Army officers on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course and to the next instructor at the Afghan National Army officer Academy.