Ded­i­ca­tion pays off for am­bu­lance vol­un­teer

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AST John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer has re­ceived an award for his com­mit­ment to the first aid char­ity.

Mark Boyle, from Mac­cles­field, has com­pleted the Grand Prior Award, the high­est a St John Am­bu­lance cadet can achieve. He was pre­sented with his cer­tifi­cate of achieve­ment from HRH The Duke of Glouces­ter, who leads the char­ity as Grand Prior.

Those who re­ceive the award must have shown at least three years of sus­tained ef­fort study­ing 24 dif­fer­ent sub­jects – in­clud­ing first aid, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and work­ing in the com­mu­nity.

Mark, 25, who is a vol­un­teer para­medic with the adult unit in Mac­cles­field, said: “Be­ing a St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer has pro­vided me with the life sav­ing skills that al­low me to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. It was a very proud mo­ment when I re­ceived my Grand Prior, es­pe­cially from the Duke him­self, well worth the wait.”

Gra­ham El­lis, re­gional youth man­ager, said: “We be­lieve that all young peo- ple should have the chance to learn first aid.

“Mark has worked hard and shown real ded­i­ca­tion to St John Am­bu­lance. We are thrilled that HRH the Duke of Glouces­ter was able to visit us and make the pre­sen­ta­tion.”

For details on be­com­ing a St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer in your area call 08700 104950 or go to www.sja.org.uk.

●● Mark Boyle re­ceiv­ing his award for his ser­vice with St John Am­bu­lance

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