A Rickmansworth girl who is a member of Three Rivers Police Cadets has been appointed a brand new role as the High Sheriff’s Cadet.
Belle Hudson-Creighton, age 17, was awarded “Cadet of The Year” at Hertfordshire’s Volunteer Awards earlier this year, after hearing Belle’s inspirational story the new High Sheriff, Lionel Wallace, felt it was only right that Belle should take on the first-ever appointed Sheriffs Cadet.
Belles mum, Ellie Hudson said: “When Belle was a baby she was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease and at eight years old she started to lose her hearing and sight and was diagnosed with Waardenburg-shah syndrome.
“People have tried to divert her into other careers, but we have always said disabilities don’t define you, and not to let her impairments stop her from following her dream.”
Belle has thrived as a member of the Cadets and has even acted bravely in stopping a young boy from committing suicide, contacting the emergency services and acting calmly and efficiently in the high-pressure situation.
Belle attended a ceremony with the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire at St Alban’s Cathedral in April. She said: “It was an amazing day, it was such a lovely ceremony and the High Sheriff was really welcoming and friendly.”
PC Marcus Zost who is the Lead Cadet Leader for Three Rivers Cadets said: “We as leaders look forward to hearing from Belle on the events she will ultimately be attending representing Hertfordshire Constabulary Police Cadets at and hopefully she will be able to pass on her experiences to future cadets looking to step to follow the same journey as her.”
Belle hopes to join Hertfordshire Constabulary once she finishes college, where she studies Public Services.
To find out more about joining the Cadets visit herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Get-involved/Cadets/