RAF Officer Cadet Recognised for Exceptional Charity Work

Officer Cadet Harry Baldock has long believed in fostering a collaborative spirit from his days in the University Squadron at Sheffield. But it’s the strong team ethic during his training at RAF Cranwell he says has contributed to his winning the RAF’s Presentation Sword for Work in the Community and Charity, sponsored by the OA.

Harry says: “The feeling of team work is instilled very early on in the RAF. I’m yet to find it elsewhere.”

As Chair of the Charity Committee at Cranwell Harry has certainly enabled his team to achieve a lot.

Under his guidance and direction nearly £4000 was raised for a number of different charities. He was instrumental in the success of all charity events – the Squadron running, rowing, cycling and swimming the distance covered by Op CHASTISE to the Mohne Dam for the RAFBF, undertaking the Lincoln 10K and providing logistical support and charity runners for the Airfield Anarchy 10K Mud Run for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Wg Cdr Gordon Bettington says: “He has proved himself to be a dedicated and driven individual willing to put others before himself. My main reason for nominating him is not the fact he happens to be the Chair of the Committee but the selfless manner he has contributed and pushed along the various projects.”

He adds: “Approaching each endeavour with vigour and enthusiasm, Baldock has epitomised all that the Royal Air Force should expect of its Junior Officers.”

Harry is pleased to know that the money raised is going into the local community.

He says: “I’m chuffed to bits to have won but this is an award for the charity committee. They’ve put a lot of work in and given something back to the community.”

A huge well done to Harry, from all of us at the OA!