Dedication pays off for ambulance volunteer
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