The Quest Academy was honoured with a visit from Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister of Defence for People and Veterans on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd May.
The Minister visited the Academy to see the work of the active and ever-expanding Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingent, one of the many and extensive extra-curricular activities on offer at the Academy.
Students from both the army and navy cadet units, gave a presentation to RT Hon Tobias Ellwood detailing the broad range of opportunities and activities that they’ve had the privilege of enjoying as part of their commitment to CCF. This was followed by a question and answer session with the Minister.
When asked what the hardest thing was about the job, The Rt Hon Thomas Ellwood replied passionately about his dedication to supporting the nation’s veterans, referencing the D-Day Landings by saying, “It’s thanks to the heroism and strength of our grandparents and great grandparents that we have the freedoms we enjoy today.” He went on to say, “We must look after and support our veterans. We must make sure they have homes and make sure they are well – both physically and mentally.”
When asked if he had any advice to offer the cadets, he replied, “That spirit of leadership, determination, teamwork and resilience is alive in you all today and through CCF you’re learning skills you may not even have been aware of. I encourage you to keep at it; keep going on this journey of self-discovery.”