Chance to help Bridget through to final stage

Bridget Donaldson with an RAF Tutor training aircraft.
Bridget Donaldson with an RAF Tutor training aircraft.

A teenage flying instructor who received a prestigious national award for her efforts as an Air Cadet could win another one after making a shortlist.

One of Bridget Donaldson’s instructors nominated her for the Jack Wills Young Brits Competition in the endurance category.

An online public vote is running until July 26 and the top 10 in each category go through to the final stage – making a pitch to a panel of judges. Each winner will receive £5,000 for their chosen field and they will receive some mentorship.

Bridget, who lives in Cambo, is a committed member of 404 Morpeth Squadron and as well as leading activities and providing support for younger cadets in her Cadet Warrant Officer role, she has been involved in some major Air Training Corps initiatives.

These include taking part in a live televised debate in the House of Lords and going to Ghana for a month to carry out charitable work in poor communities via the International Air Cadet Exchange programme.

The 19-year-old, who offers free flying tuition to young people after qualifying with the RAF Volunteer Reservist Branch, received the Dacre Brooch – the highest award any female Air Cadet can achieve – in December.

She said: “I didn’t think I would make the Jack Wills shortlist, but since I did, the response has been great.

“I’m currently second in my category, so hopefully I will make the final 10. If I win the money, I will be able to get extra qualifications so I can increase what I can offer in my flying lessons.

“When you vote (go to you have to link it to Facebook, but nothing is posted to your wall.”