Yorkshire volunteers receive Diana Awards
Two St John Ambulance volunteers have
received Diana Awards in recognition of their outstanding
Over 2000 hours of voluntary work
Lee Howe and Amy Starbuck amassed over
2,000 hours of voluntary work between them for St
John Ambulance South and West Yorkshire. They were rewarded for
their efforts at a ceremony held on 28 June at Barclays Corporate,
Howe was delighted to receive the award:
'It shows that I’m not only recognised in my
division for the amount of work I put into it or back into the
community but I’m now recognised at county and national level for
my achievements within St John Ambulance in such a short period of
time,' he said.
Putting back into the community
Howe, a 17-year-old Leading cadet and First
aider joined St John Ambulance as a nine-year-old in 2002. His
award was for the voluntary work he has performed at concerts
and sports fixtures, the first aid instruction he has given to his
peers and for his role as an ambassador for training.
'To have received an award with Lady Diana's
name attached to it shows that people recognise me because of what
I have done for the organisation and what I have put back into the
community not because of who I am,' he said.
Recognising young people
Inspired by the good deeds performed by
Princess Diana, the award was created by the Diana Memorial
Committee in 1999. It recognises young people who are determined to
make a difference in their communities.
A total of 75 young people were honoured for
service to their communities.
The awards were presented by Schools Minister
Nick Gibb, Sue Killen, chief executive of St John
Ambulance, and Fred Sharrock, a senior official at the
Department for Education.