Doncaster police cadet set for South African adventure

Bradley Gollings, of Edlington.

Bradley Gollings, of Edlington.

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A young community leader is hoping to win a trip of a lifetime to South Africa - but he must first prove his worth by completing a series of challenges.

South Yorkshire Police cadet Bradley Gollings competed with 26 others to be chosen as one of nine national finalists in the CVQO educational charity’s Duke of Westminster Award at a four-day selection event in Somerset.

He was due to complete the challenges on Friday, which included team-building tasks and strategy tests, and is due to find out in the next couple of weeks if he has been selected for a place on a two-week educational expedition to South Africa in July.

Bradley, aged 17, of Edlington, was put forward to take part in the challenge for his involvement in numerous community events, including Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice open day, the Barnburgh and Harlington Village Carnival and Doncaster School for the Deaf crime prevention projects.

He said: “I was amazed to have been chosen. I put as much work as I can into cadets, so hopefully that helped my application.”

Of the nine finalists, one will be crowned the overall CVQO Duke of Westminster Award winner at the House of Lords on June 30. As part of the scheme he is also set to earn a top qualification with the Institute of Leadership and Management. The South Africa trip will include visits to the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu War and work on environmental projects.