We Can Do It winner: ‘My win’s for all the 200 volunteers in the city Scout movement’

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HE’S dedicated most of his life to the Scouts making Ron Jacobs a deserving winner at the We Can Do It awards.

The district manager of Scouts was the winner of the Best Volunteer category coming just ahead of runner-up Malcolm Garbutt who sells merchandise on behalf of Help for Heroes despite having arthritis.

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Ron Jacobs with his award after winning the Best Volunteer category.'''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5723) PPP-140211-204651001

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Ron Jacobs with his award after winning the Best Volunteer category.'''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5723) PPP-140211-204651001

Ron started off in the Scouts more than 50 years ago and has made his way through the ranks.

But despite his long service volunteering for the Scouts in the area, he was still surprised when he won the category.

He said: ‘I was never expecting to win but it’s superb. It’s really great.

‘But I am representing all the 200 volunteers in Portsmouth who help out with the different Scout groups.

‘They give the kids fun challenges and adventures which is great.

‘But it was a shock when I won. You never expect to win when you see all the other people you are up against.

‘But I am honoured.’

Ron started off as a Cub and worked his way up to Scout and Explorer.

After that, he became a group leader and kept on volunteering.

He said: ‘I loved being a Scout when I was younger.

‘It was a lot of fun.

‘So I was happy being a leader and working my way up as I got older.

‘I was asked to become a district manager in the 90s and accepted.

‘I then left for a few years but came back.

‘I couldn’t keep away.’

He added: ‘I think I have stayed in Scouting so long because when the youngsters achieve their badges and their goals, it is a great thing to see.’