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June 27, 2017

Congratulations Ruth Padday… BEM!

Dr Ruth Padday BEM, who has been a partner at the Hedge End Medical Centre for almost 25 years, has been formally recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for her exceptional service to youth and health care.

Ruth was nominated for her contributions to the following charities and not-for-profit businesses, including the JST where she has volunteered for over 9 years.

Teenage Drop-In Centre

  • For the last 21 years Ruth has run the Teenage Drop-In Centre (now the Young People’s Well-Being Service) in Hedge End, Southampton, in her own time. Ruth founded the drop-in centre after being inspired by similar projects in the Netherlands. Ruth spent 18 months painstakingly lobbying for funding before establishing the charity in 1996.
  • TADIC sees around 1,400 young people per year and aims to promote and sustain the good physical health and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11-19 within and around the Borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST)

  • The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is an international, United Nations accredited disability charity, promoting integration through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. JST provides life-changing adventures to people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of physical ability. Voyages change lives by improving self-esteem, building confidence and providing leadership and life skills.
  • Ruth has volunteered for JST for over nine years, and has been committed to the development of medical support for the JST for many years. She has been instrumental in encouraging other doctors to help at the JST and, largely due to her enthusiasm, there is now a core of volunteer medical officers providing the JST with essential medical advice. In addition, Ruth provides a 24/7 telephone service which offers guidance to the ship’s crew when medical problems arise at sea.

Festival Medical Services (FMS)

  • FMS is a not-for-profit registered medical charity, delivering high-quality medical services for events, including some of the UK’s largest festivals. FMS provides quality medical services and all levels of medical care in a challenging environment. The charity supports projects around the world, as well as operating at major festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading in ‘field-hospitals’, which offer emergency medical treatment to over 178,000 people.
  • Ruth became involved in the charity 15 years ago, volunteering at Glastonbury festival as a GP. She has subsequently volunteered at other festivals including Reading and Bath and West show. True to her dedication to improving services she is involved in,Ruth, her eldest son William and two friends took up the role of volunteer Doctors Co-ordinators for FMS in 2012; recruiting, scheduling, CRB-checking and managing teams of up to 107 doctors for over 10 festivals per year.

Dr Padday said: “I had no idea that I had been nominated by Jennie (Practice Manager at Hedge End Medical Centre) and my son, Will. I feel incredibly humbled by it all. There are so many incredible people doing incredible things and these charities wouldn’t be able to do the life-changing work that they do without them. I’m a small cog in these wheels and I have watched how lives have changed over the years because of these businesses and charities.”

On behalf of everyone at the JST, a huge congratulations to Ruth!


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