An Army Reservist who raised thousands of pounds to help an injured comrade has been named joint London Reservist of the Year.
Every day for six months Acting Corporal Francis McCabe sat by the bedside of a friend and colleague while he was in an induced coma having suffered massive brain trauma in an accident.
As the patient began rehabilitation ACpl McCabe of D (London Irish Rifles) Company, The London Regiment, single-handedly organised a black tie charity evening. The aim was to raise £12,000 to buy an electric wheelchair to aid his mobility and recovery, the event exceeded expectations raising more than £15,000.
In recommending ACpl McCabe for the Award Lieutenant Colonel Tim Smart, Commanding Officer of The London Regiment said:
“In deciding to organise this even, ACpl McCabe demonstrated his selfless commitment. He has acted as organiser, planner, decorator, manager, negotiator, ticket seller, and master of ceremonies – in doing so he showed leadership beyond his rank and loyalty to a fellow Reservist.”
After being presented with the award ACpl McCabe said:
"I'm very humbled to receive an award like this. When you do the things you do for other people you don't think about getting anything back for it, it's a nice surprise and I feel very proud."
Sharing the Reservist of the Year Award and the London Pride Trophy was Colour Sergeant (CSjt) Neil Campbell of F Company, 7 RIFLES.
CSgt Campbell was nominated for his outstanding performance in training and nurturing recruits. Major Peter Bull, Officer Commanding F Company, 7 Riles said:
“While he operates very well as part of a strong team, he is the centrifugal point of it – demanding of high standards, reliable, consistent, experienced and enthusiastic; the recruits ansd training team do not want to let this honest, hardworking and honourable Senior NCO down.”
Colour Sergeant Campbell said he'd been unaware he was even entred for the award until a week ago.
"This is recognition of doing your job the best you can, if I'm doing that anything else is a bonus."
The London Pride Reservist of the Year Trophy was presented to the winners by Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Ken Olisa OBE along with cheques for £500 each and an engraved tankard..
The runner-up Reservist of the Year was Petty Officer Kevin Cribb from HMS PRESIDENT. A Royal Naval Reservist for 37 years PO Cribb is responsible for managing the ships’ Guard ceremonial training. His Commanding Officer, Commander John Herriman describes Kevin Cribb as:
“A hugely impressive and inspiring Senior Rate with outstanding ability, Petty Officer Cribb performs to the highest standards that exemplify what is expected of a Reservist.”
Petty Officer Crib received a cheque for £250 and an engraved tankard.