St John Ambulance honoured with
a Diamond Jubilee Award
On 12 December, as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the
Queen will hail the inspirational work of volunteers in 60
organisations. St John Ambulance is among those receiving a
Diamond Jubilee Award.
A special honour
The Diamond Jubilee Award is a unique category
of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was established
as part of the UK honours system to recognise the work of
grass-roots organisations. Buckingham Palace will hold a
celebratory reception next year for the recipients of the award to
recognise ten years of the scheme.
Chairman of the awards, former BBC newsreader
Martyn Lewis CBE, said: ‘The 60 organisations have built their
success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of
extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and
energy to the simple aim of making their communities – and
their country – a better place.’
The nation's leading first aid charity
For over 125 years, St John Ambulance has been
teaching and giving people first aid – being the difference
between lives lost and lives saved. The dedication and
compassion of each of the 40,000 volunteers lie at the
heart of our organisation. A vital service at major events
across the UK and supporting the ambulance services in times of
crisis, these volunteers sacrifice an
incredible four million voluntary hours each year,
ensuring the safety of the public.
The St John Ambulance volunteer
programme engages with people of all ages from as young as
five. As well as delivering first aid training to the community, St
John Ambulance encourages young people to teach others first aid
skills through its peer education programme.
St John Ambulance invests in excess of
£300,000 each year in its national volunteering department,
providing a clear volunteer management structure through its local
units, areas, districts and regions.
Nick Hurd the Minister for Civil Society will
be presenting the award to St John Ambulance.
Supporting the community
Head of Volunteering,
Chris Reed, who will be collecting the award, said: ‘We’re
thrilled to receive this award which recognises the life saving
contribution that our volunteers make in their communities.
St John Ambulance’s 40,000 volunteers are
contributing to our mission to ensure no-one dies from a
lack of first aid; either by providing support at
community events, educating others in the importance of life saving
skills or backing up the emergency services in times of crisis.
This year we provided essential first aid to
over 3,600 members of the public during the Olympic
period and at over 700 Jubilee events and
celebrations to those who needed it.
Our volunteers are trained to deal with any
first aid emergency, from minor injuries to potentially fatal
cardiac arrests, and are ready to be the difference between a life
lost and a life saved, if required. They should be incredibly proud
of this achievement.’