Aug 30 2012 by David Baker, Harrow Observer
SOME of Harrow’s most hard working volunteers will come together at a ceremony in just over a months’ time to celebrate their impressive efforts.
Among those up for an award at the annual Harrow’s Heroes celebrations, is 21-year-old Ken Ellacott.
Having sought a career in the police at a young age he joined the police cadets based at John Lyons School aged 15 and it was not too long before he was asked to stay on to help teach and train the next crop of youngsters.
Speaking after he was nominated for young volunteer of the year, Mr Ellacott, of Reynolds Drive, Queensbury, said: “When I joined the cadets I soon made a lot of new friends and really enjoyed the things that it taught me, so when I had the opportunity to help bring that to other teenagers I jumped at the chance.
“It is great to get the acknowledgment with the nomination but I have always done it because I enjoy it. The real reward is knowing that you can teach people skills that will set them up for the rest of their lives.”
For the past two years, Mr Ellacott has spent every Tuesday and Thursday helping out at the two branches of the cadets in Harrow and has given his time on weekends and public holidays for events, while also studying for a place at university and working at Sainsbury’s.
He has also been a special constable for the past year.
Although he will be moving to Manchester to go to university in September he said he will try to find the time to come back to help out.
He added: “I have said that I will try and come back when I can, because it is something I really enjoy doing. I will continue to do my work as a special constable, but hopefully with the force in Manchester.
“When I first started doing all the extra voluntary work it was quite hard to organise, especially as I work an early shift at Sainsbury’s that starts at 5.30am, but you get used to it and it just makes you so much more organised and in control of what you are doing.”