More than 500 years of St John service recognised

MORE than 500 years’ worth of service at St John Ambulance Guernsey was recognised at a presentation on Saturday.

The 24 awards were presented by the Bailiff Richard McMahon who said the dedication shown over the years was testament to the fantastic service that the ambulance service has provided to the community.

‘This year has been a great example of this dedication, putting yourselves on the front line to bring comfort and confidence to islanders during the pandemic was completely selfless and is something to be admired,’ he told them.

‘Thank you all for what you have done over the years for our community, and long may it continue.’

The first award was presented to Judy Moore, who started with St John at age 11 and has continued to play an active role in the service for 54 years.

‘When I was a youngster, St John was very much my whole life,’ she said.

‘I met my lifelong best friend on my first day at Cadets and it has become like a second family to me now.’

Having learned skills in leadership, management and health work from a very young age, Mrs Moore said it was wonderful to be recognised for her efforts and was pleased to have dedicated a lifetime of service to St John.

Bailiff Richard McMahon with Judith Moore who was awarded Seventh bar to the service medal of the order. (28936955)

Several recipients of the awards were presented with more than one as somewhere along the line their names and length of service had been lost in the system.

Knight commander Andrew Henton said the presentation was uplifting and humbling.

‘When a patient needs the help of St John it can be frightening, so for us to have such a caring team to be by their side is incredible.

‘It gives you a kind of high, knowing that you are helping, which is why I think so many have enjoyed their roles for so many years,’ he said.

Chairman Stuart Place agreed and said all of the first aiders, youth leaders, volunteers and supporters of the charity have a common ethos in line with St John’s objectives.

‘Having a large team of volunteers who are all trained in first aid response also means that there are people in the community going to events where, if something were to happen, they can step into action while someone else calls for a paramedic team,’ he said.

‘That’s what is so great and so unique about St John in Guernsey, we have volunteers working alongside professionals to provide the best care we can.’

List of awards:

List of awards:

The long service medal was for 12 years of service. Each silver bar was an additional five years. A gilt bar was an additional 20 years of service, replacing three silver bars and each further five years.

Judy Moore: 7th bar

Mark Guilbert: 5th bar

Josie Guille: Service medal, 1st, 2nd and 3rd bar

Rachael Major: 3rd bar

Philip Ozanne: 3rd bar

Milie Sarre: 1st and 2nd bar

Colin Bull: 1st and 2nd bar

Kay Bull: 2nd bar

Nick Le Page: 2nd bar

Tanya Goubert: 2nd bar

Paul Kennedy 2nd bar

Jason Gallienne: Service medal and 1st bar

Michelle Bihet: 1st bar

Jackie Pattimore: 1st bar

Jacqui Hanckock: 1st bar

Martine Blanchard: 1st bar

Wilma de la Mare: 1st bar

Elizabeth Johnson: Service medal

Kyle Wood: Service medal

Robin Gonard: Service medal

Dave Le Brun: Service medal

Annette Gallienne: Service medal

Christina Hodgetts: Service medal

David Hodgetts: Service medal

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