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Life savers call for more helpers during National Volunteer Week

By Sammi Nice

After receiving an award for his work, the manager of Haverhill’s St John Ambulance has said more volunteers are needed.

St John Ambulance volunteer Trevor Bailey has been honoured for his work with the first aid charity with a promotion to Member of the Order of St John.

The news comes as volunteers across the country are recognised for their contributions as part of National Volunteer Week (June 1 to June 7).

Trevor, a volunteer himself, has been manager of St John Ambulance’s unit in Haverhill for the last three years and has been instrumental in its growth from eight adult volunteers in 2012 to its current status with over a dozen adult volunteers, 15 Cadets and eight Badgers.

“We are out there saving lives,” said Trevor, 52. “We can be called out at any moment, in any weather. On one hand, we can be applying plasters at a village fete, on the other, we could be delivering CPR.”

Rodney Green CBE, Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John, who presented the awards at the investiture ceremony, said: “Trevor has been promoted within the Order of St John in recognition of the contribution he has made to his community. He has shown true commitment to helping St John Ambulance’s life saving work.”

The Order of St John is one of the world’s longest established charities and traces its origins back 900 years to the Knights Hospitaller and the first Hospital of St John in Jerusalem in 1078. Its international history is showcased in the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London.

The group, however, needs more adult volunteers and that they are always on the lookout for more people to help out.

Anyone wanting to lent their time or experience to St John Ambulance can call Trevor on 07765 851544. No experience is necessary.

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