A Fenland student received his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award during a Royal presentation ceremony.
Matthew Ward, 18, of March, received his certificate from the Duke of Edinburgh in the throne room of St James’ Palace.
He is completing a Level 3 Uniformed Services course at the College of West Anglia’s Isle Campus in Wisbech and eventually hopes to join the RAF as a regiment gunner.
Matthew worked tirelessly through the five sections of the award programme, which has included an expedition.
Throughout the programme, Matthew, who is a member of Squadron 1220 Air Training Corps in March, was able to prove himself to be a great team member.
Matthew said: “Completing the Duke of Edinburgh at any level is extremely rewarding and I really enjoyed the experience. As I was receiving the award, all I could think about was how challenging I found it, but how worthwhile it had been.
“My Uniformed Services course has proved to be a great springboard into the military because of all the formalised fitness training and studying the various aspects of all the uniformed and public services”.
Matthew took as guest his college course tutor, Adrian Kent, as a tribute and thanks for all of his support during the training and completion of the award.