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Fire Cadet Anthony joins Step Up To Serve Launch 21/11/2013

Staffordshire Fire Cadet, Anthony Plant from Meir in Stoke-on-Trent will be at Buckingham Palace today (Thursday 21st November) to join in the launch of the ‘Step Up To Serve’ Campaign.

‘Step Up To Serve’ is a new independent collaborative campaign to increase opportunities for young people to get involved in social action. It will be launched at Buckingham Palace in conjunction with a national pledge initiative called #iwill, which will include personal commitments from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition. Fourteen-year-old Anthony, who is a member of the Staffordshire Fire Cadets, will be joining with the pledge initiative as one of the 50 young people who exemplify the best in youth social action across the UK.

Anthony is a pupil at Haywood Academy in Stoke-on-Trent. Despite struggling with academic work, he is working hard to complete his Fire Cadets BTEC coursework, and excels at practical based training including hose drills, knots and working with operational firefighters. Being part of the Fire Cadets programme has helped Anthony to mature and develop into a motivated young man who hopes, one day, to become a Firefighter.

The Step Up To Serve campaign aims to double the level of participation in social action – practical action in the service of others – to over 50 per cent by 2020, through expanding existing opportunities, encouraging new ones and overcoming the barriers that stop young people getting involved. It will encourage 1.7 million more young people aged ten to twenty to make social action a habit for life. The Fire Cadets are working with the Youth United Network to open more cadet groups to help more young people take part in social action.

National Organisational Support Officer for the Chief Fire Officers Association, John Cartwright, said: “Anthony is a credit to the Fire Cadets scheme and a real success story. He is always the first to volunteer to represent Staffordshire Fire Cadets at any event promoting the scheme, and always behaves in a professional manner.”

Haywood Academy is also impressed with Anthony’s progress, focused attitude and desire to achieve. Annette Barnett, Senior Teaching Assistant said: “Anthony looked like he was going to be a teacher’s nightmare when he came up in Year 6, but joining Fire Cadets has turned his life around. He’s really enjoying it and getting a lot out of it. We’re very proud of him and his achievements.”

Check back soon to see a Blog from Anthony about his experience at Buckingham Palace!