Westminster St John Ambulance Cadet receives Deputy Lieutenant certificate as awards open to more cadet organisations
An outstanding young volunteer from St John Ambulance Cadets in the City of Westminster has been presented with a Deputy Lieutenant recognition award for her exceptional service and dedication to the community. This is the first year the awards have been open to Police, Fire and St John Ambulance cadets.
Aspiring Army doctor Ruta Dubinskaite, 15, was presented with her certificate at Westminster City Hall by Dr Paul Knapman, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. She was one of several young volunteers invited to the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces reception held by The Rt Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Steve Summers.
Ruta, who has only been a St John Ambulance Cadet since May 2015, was nominated by her Unit Manager Fatima Mahmoud who described her as being an asset to the group. She said: “Ruta is extremely active in the unit and offers me a huge amount of support. She helps to teach young Cadets through peer education, she helps to organise the group’s weekly meetings, and she’s always happy to go out on duty. This certificate is well deserved as she is a fantastic role model to others.”
Ruta, who lives in Dagenham and is studying GCSEs at Promised Land Academy, said: “It’s an absolute honour to receive this Deputy Lieutenant award. St John Ambulance has given me so many wonderful opportunities. As well as learning first aid and giving me an insight into my future medical career, I’ve learned a lot of other life skills too, including leadership and communications. I’m also getting the chance to attend large public events, such as the London Marathon, the Lord Mayor’s Parade and Remembrance at the Cenotaph. I would recommend volunteering as a Cadet – it’s really fun and exciting.”