Top hon­our for vol­un­teer first aider’s long ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A WOMAN’S long and ded­i­cated ser­vice with St John Am­bu­lance has been recog­nised with a top hon­our.

Mary Wig­gins from Ash­ford was in­vested as a mem­ber of the Or­der of St John at a cer­e­mony held in the his­toric Pri­ory Church in Clerken­well, north Lon­don.

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

The Or­der of St John is a Royal Or­der of Chivalry and each re­cip­i­ent is ap­proved by the Queen.

Mrs Wig­gins was pre­sented with the or­der’s in­signia by the Prior of the Pri­ory of Eng­land and the Is­lands, Sir Brian Jenk­ins.

She said: “I felt very proud and hon­oured to at­tend such a spe­cial cer­e­mony, and I was ex­tremely sur­prised and pleased to have re­ceived the let­ter in the first place.

“It was a lovely day and I fin­ished it all off per­fectly by cel­e­brat­ing with my daugh­ter – we had a night in Lon­don and saw a fan­tas­tic West End play.”

Sir Brian said: “Mary is be­ing hon­oured in recog­ni­tion of her ded­i­cated ser­vice to St John Am­bu­lance.

“As one of our 40,000 vol­un­teers, her work has been in­te­gral to our work in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. It is with great pride that I in­vest her into the Or­der of St John.”

The Or­der of St John traces its ori­gins back 900 years to the Knights Hospi­taller, from which it de­rives its in­spi­ra­tion and joined mot­toes – Pro Fide and Pro Util­i­tate Hominum, or For the Faith and In the Ser­vice of Hu­man­ity.

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