Major Laycock helping to build the Nightingale Hospital at the NEC

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We’ve heard so much over the recent weeks about Sir Tom Moore and his amazing success in raising over £28 million for the NHS charities – what fantastic result!

Another Bedford star is Major Angela Laycock, a commanding officer in the Royal Engineers.

What has this 38-year-old soldier done?

Well at the age of 24, Angela won the coveted Sword of Honour prize at Sandhurst.

It was expected to be awarded to the future King of England, Duke of Cambridge, William Windsor but Angela beat him to it.

The award is for the most outstanding student at the military academy at the end of their 44-week training course.

Angela is not from a military background and was state educated in her home town of Bedford. ‘A’ Levels at Welbeck college followed school, then onto a place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

After her Sandhurst training she went on to tours of Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Angela managed the construction of a boat slipway at Basra Palace, Iraq.

Further study resulted in Angela becoming a Chartered Civil Engineers.

That was years ago, what about now?

Major Angela Laycock and her team of Royal Engineers have supported NHS staff and civilian contractors to design and plan the construction of the new NHS Nightingale hospital located in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.

Last August Angela was involved in the emergency operations at the Toddbrook Reservoir, where the dam collapsed threatening the local population.

A wonderful example to any teenagers contemplating their options when leaving school shortly, this lady has to be a role model for them all.

So hats off to yet another Bedford star.