Flt Lt Jackie Lawrence, Commanding Officer of 2248 (Rutland) Sqn was recognised as an Unsung Hero in Rutland Radio’s Citizen Awards 2011. The radio presenter, Rob Persani and a representative of Spire Homes surprised Jackie at Oakham School where she works, by presenting her with the award.
She was nominated as an Unsung Hero for her tireless work with Rutland’s Air Cadets. Whilst being presented with the award Jackie said “I enjoy helping 13-20 year olds gain self-confidence whilst experiencing activities they simply would not get anywhere else. Thus enabling them to develop skills that will stand them in good sted for the rest of their lives.”
Under her guidance, the Squadron has also helped raise money for various charities and participated in local events such as the Stapleford Steam Rally, the Iron Man Triathlon and the Uppingham Show. Jackie has been working as a volunteer with the Air Cadets for over 25 years and it was this level of commitment to young people that earned her the award.
Picture Left to right representive from Spire homes Flt lt Jackie Lawerence, Rob Pasani from Rutland Radio and Oakham school Students where Jackie works.