Young People’s Wellbeing Service founder, Doctor Ruth Padday, has received a British Empire Medal, honouring her services to youth and health care.
Dr Ruth Padday BEM, who has been a partner at Hedge End Medical Centre for almost 25 years, has been formally recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for her exceptional service to youth and health care.
For the last 21 years Ruth has run the Teenage Drop-In Centre (now the Young People’s Well-Being Service which also incorporates Eastleigh Youth Counselling 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.
Dr Padday says: “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.”
Ruth is also involved in the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), which is an international, United Nations accredited disability charity promoting integration through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. 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.
She is also invloved with 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 was also part of a team that raised over £150,000 to fund a mobile CT scanner in Dr. Richard ‘Percy’ Percival’s name for Southampton General Hospital. Percy’s Pals was set up after Ruth’s GP colleague Dr. Percival died from a stroke aged 47. The CT scanner was presented to the hospital on 26th February 2016 and enables doctors to scan patients on the unit rather than transport them across hospital to an imaging suite.