Divisional Superintendent Enid Patient of the Walthamstow Nursing Cadets has spent six decades inspiring youngsters

Enid Patient has helped save thousands of lives through her volunteer work with St John's Ambulance

Enid Patient has helped save thousands of lives through her volunteer work with St John's Ambulance

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An "inspiring" first-aider, who has volunteered to help those in need for more than 60 years, has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honour List.  

Divisional Superintendent Enid Patient, of St John Ambulance's Walthamstow Nursing Cadets, joined the East Evenue cadets in 1948 and continues to serve with the unit.

Mrs Patient of St Barnabas Road in Woodford Green teaches youngsters across the borough life-saving skills and many of the cabets have progressed to become today's leading doctors, nurses and paramedics. 

During her career, she has been on first aid duty at various high-profile events, including London Marathons, the Queen's Coronation in 1952 and Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965. 

Speaking following the announcement on Friday, she said: "‘I'm delighted and honoured to receive the MBE which is beyond anything I could ever have imagined.

"I’m accepting it on behalf of all those who have supported me over the years, especially my family and cadets past and present who have made the whole experience so thoroughly enjoyable.

"To teach little children and watch them flourish and grow in confidence as they learn new skills is an absolute pleasure.

"And no skill gives them greater confidence than learning how to save someone’s life."

St John Ambulance regional director Len Bamber praised Mrs Patient for her unceasing devotion and dedication.

He said: "Enid is the very epitome of all that’s best about St John Ambulance. 

"She’s a volunteer of the best possible calibre, held in the highest esteem by all who know her.

"She has inspired many thousands of young people with her selfless devotion and unstinting commitment to their welfare.

"The result is a current and future generation of life savers dedicated to serving their local community."

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11:54am Wed 18 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Well deserved, nice to see someone get recognition for a worthwhile cause benefitting many.
Well deserved, nice to see someone get recognition for a worthwhile cause benefitting many. Villagecranberry
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8:55am Thu 19 Jun 14

spiknspan says...

Congratulations Mrs P. My daughter enjoyed her time in the St John Ambulance.
What is a 'cabet'? Its about time there were less spelling mistakes in this paper.
Congratulations Mrs P. My daughter enjoyed her time in the St John Ambulance. What is a 'cabet'? Its about time there were less spelling mistakes in this paper. spiknspan
  • Score: 3

9:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

topnote says...

Congratulations Enid, well served for all your hard work and enthusiasm over the many years of volunteering your time freely for the benefit of others. Just a thought, you were part of the "Big Society" well before David Cameron was born.
Congratulations Enid, well served for all your hard work and enthusiasm over the many years of volunteering your time freely for the benefit of others. Just a thought, you were part of the "Big Society" well before David Cameron was born. topnote
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Wed 16 Jul 14

KatieHPhoto says...

She used to be my teacher in Churchfields! Congratulations!!
She used to be my teacher in Churchfields! Congratulations!! KatieHPhoto
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