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    Kimbolton Staff Awarded Medals for Voluntary Service

    We were delighted to see the Platinum Jubilee Medal awarded to three of our staff for their voluntary service to our local community.

    Robert, Tony and Stuart with their Platinum Jubilee Medals

    Three members of our staff were recently awarded the Platinum Jubilee Medal for their service to our local community.

    A special commemorative medal to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it was awarded to serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and the Armed Forces. Acting as a token of the nation’s thanks, the Platinum Jubilee Medal follows a long history of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilees, with the first one awarded to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887.

    Tony Lucas is our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager and is also known to many of our pupils and staff for his instruction in first aid and bush craft. Out of school, he has volunteered as an East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Community First Responder for 12 years and attends 999 life threatening emergency calls in the area where he lives and works. Tony is tasked by the EEAST Emergency Operations Centre in Norwich and aims is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

    Tony remarked, “I am very proud to have received the Medal for my volunteering with EEAST.  The role can at times be challenging, however, supporting EEAST and the local community is very satisfying, particularly when people are in their most need of help.”

    Stuart Cox has been an on-call firefighter with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) for 11 years and attends a wide variety of incidents from road traffic collisions and building fires to animal rescues.  The School has a long history of providing on-call firefighters and at one point as many as five members of staff served in this way.

    Based at Kimbolton Fire Station for his FRS duties, Stuart is our General Catering Manager. On receiving his medal, he said, “It’s such a rewarding job, not only saving lives but being part of the community and creating a safer environment for everyone.  It’s an absolute honour to be awarded a medal for doing something that I have a real passion for.”

    Robert Davis is one of our security guards and has been an on-call firefighter for ten years. Starting with Cambridgeshire FRS alongside Stuart, he now also volunteers with Northamptonshire FRS when at home.  Like both Tony and Stuart, the School releases him to attend taskings during the working day.

    Of his medal, he said, “It's a fantastic gesture and it's an honour to receive it for something I love doing."

    Well done and thank you to all three of you. We are proud to support your fantastic service!