Hon­our for St John vol­un­teer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A DED­I­CATED St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer has been hon­oured at a pres­ti­gious cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

Martin Warnes, from Ash­ford, a mem­ber of St John Am­bu­lance Lon­don (Prince of Wales’s) District was in­vested as a mem­ber of the Or­der of St John at a spe­cial cer­e­mony held in the his­toric Grand Pri­ory Church in Clerken­well ear­lier this month.

The Or­der of St John is a Royal Or­der of Chivalry and each in­vesti­ture is ap­proved by Her Majesty the Queen, its Sov­er­eign Head.

The hon­our of be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Or­der is only granted to those who have shown ex­cep­tional ser­vice to its key foun­da­tions – one of which is St John Am­bu­lance, the lead­ing first aid or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Warnes has been a vol­un­teer for St John Am­bu­lance for 22 years. He was ad­mit­ted to the Or­der as Serv­ing Brother and pre­sented with the Or­der’s in­signia by the Prior of the Pri­ory of Eng­land and the Is­lands, Sir Brian Jenk­ins.

He joined the or­gan­i­sa­tion when he was 18, want­ing to give some­thing back to his lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He is cur­rently a Staff Of­fi­cer at Lon­don District’s head­quar­ters with re­spon­si­bil­ity for med­i­cal lo­gis­tics.

Mr Warnes said his most mem­o­rable duty was the fu­neral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His day­time job is work­ing for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice as a Re­sponse Team Con­sta­ble. He is mar­ried to Me­lanie and has two young daugh­ters.

He said: “I am so pleased and proud to be in­vested into the Or­der. I never ex­pected to re­ceive such an hon­our, but it makes me all the more de­ter­mined to con­tinue sup­port­ing my com­mu­nity as much as I can.”

Martin Warnes with his St John award

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