Birmingham Sea Cadet volunteer Jenn gets BEM in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Written by Tristan Harris on June 9, 2018
A BIRMINGHAM volunteer who has worked tirelessly for one of the city’s Sea Cadet groups has been awarded the British Empire Medal in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Jenn Harrison has been the chairperson of the Vernon Unit, based on Edgbaston Reservoir since 2014 and has worked tirelessly to secure much-needed funding for the group so young people can access the opportunities provided by the sea cadets.
As well as raising £60,000 of funding for Birmingham Vernon, she also secured £30,000 from the Armed Forces Community Covenant for essential refurbishment work at Sandwell and helped Walsall to raise £10,000 to replace their heating system.
She said receiving the accolade was a humbling and emotional experience and something she never expected.
“I have volunteered in some way for as long as I can remember, I love working with people and charities and I could never imagine not doing so, it’s a part of me.
“I am so fortunate, proud and thankful to have worked with so many great people over the years, I feel truly blessed.”
Jenn’s work doesn’t end with the Sea Cadets, she is passionate about volunteering and has contributed to various other projects, whether with her son’s school, the Scouts or Cancer Research, to name but a few.
She has also been instrumental in her work with community-based projects and charities in her role with the local authority, improving the lives of many in the area.
Sea Cadets Cptn Phil Russell, said Jenn embodied the true spirit of the Sea Cadets.
“She is enthusiastic, motivated and generous.
“She works tirelessly to improve the lives of others, both as a volunteer and in her daily work. A British Empire Medal is a fitting tribute to this remarkable woman.
“I am sure she will continue to be an inspiration to us all and I hope she remains a Sea Cadet volunteer for many years to come.”