Two Prestigious National Awards
for London District
London District's Commercial Transport
Service and Cycle Response Unit are celebrating after
picking up two awards at this year's Ambulance Service
A fantastic honour
Sponsored by Baroness Browning of Whimple, the Awards
reflect and acknowledge the excellent work carried
out by representatives of the Ambulance Service for their hard work
and dedication in saving lives.
The prestigious accolade of Private
Ambulance Service Team of the Year was awarded to
the Commercial Transport Service (CTS) in recognition of its
work in transporting intensive care patients. To add to the
celebrations, the Cycle Response Unit (CRU) was crowned
Voluntary Ambulance Service Team of the Year.
Both teams collected their awards in a formal
ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday 27th October.
Dr Peter Griffin, Chairman of the ASI Awards
Panel, said: 'The ASI Awards Panel is very happy to make these
awards to St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District.
The ambulance crews were specifically praised for their consistent
and reliable service, and the CRU team has clearly become a major
tool in delivering pre-hospital care.'
London's Commercial Transport Service, which
is based at London District, near Marylebone, was nominated by
South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) and Children's Acute
Transport Service (CATS) and who work with the charity's team to
convey critically ill children from, District General Hospitals
throughout the South East, to Paediatric Intensive Care Units
(PICU) within the London area.
Together, they collect children who have
become acutely unwell and require the skills and facilities only
provided in a PICU setting.
This is a fantastic honour and we are thrilled to be collecting the award in recognition of our service.
Deputy CEO, St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District
Martin Henderson, Deputy
of St John Ambulance London
(Prince of Wales's) District, said: 'This is a fantastic honour and
we are thrilled to be collecting the award in recognition of our
'We enjoy superb relationships with South
Thames Retrieval Service and The Children's Acute Transport
Service, and this award is recognition of that close and successful
rapport which really makes a difference to so many lives across the
The Cycle Response Unit provides
emergency first aid that compliments the operational role
of St John Ambulance in the communities that it serves across the
Capital. The team can be seen at both community and high
profile events including the Virgin London Marathon, Notting Hill
Carnival, Brick Lane Mela and Wimbledon tennis tournament.
The team uses specially equipped mountain
bicycles to carry advanced first aid equipment – including an
Automated External Defibrillator and medical gases – and throughout
the year has made the difference to countless lives across the
Team manager Ashley Sweetland, who leads
operational cycling for St John Ambulance, said: 'We are absolutely
delighted to be receiving the award for the Voluntary Ambulance
Service Team of the Year 2010. It is hugely satisfying to see our
volunteers recognised in this way and is particularly special given
that it comes after recognition by the Mayor of London earlier this
Cycle Response Unit volunteers are highly
trained to the National Cycling Standards and undertake the Public
Safety Cycling Advanced Training Course.