Natalie was nominated for the award by her Detachment Commander, 2Lt Debra Jerdan. Natalie was put forward for the award because of her commitment to help younger people to achieve their potential. Due to ill-health Natalie can no longer take part in many aspects of the ACF syllabus, but is determined to support others in their learning. Despite her limitations, she is the first person to volunteer for Cadet in the Community events and balances this with 6th form study, supporting family members and having a part-time
Natalie's support of others is evident in that when she submitted a 'wish-list' if she were to win the award, she chose to buy sports equipment for her fellow Berwick cadets - even though she cannot take part in sports herself.
The panel members who chose Natalie as their winner were joined by Sam Lord and Colonel David Middleton at a presentation evening at the TA Centre, Berwick. During the evening the guests were given an insight into the learning of an Army Cadet with information stands on first aid, fieldcraft, Duke of Edinburgh Award, map and compass and skill at arms.