Top honour for volunteer first aider’s long service
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.