AWARDS, cups and medals were presented at a St John Ambulance ceremony held at the organisation’s headquarters on the Countess of Chester Health Park.
The event took place in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE and the Lord Mayor of Chester Eleanor Johnson.
The commander for St John Ambulance Cheshire, Dr Don Fitzroy-Smith, welcomed guests to the ceremony and explained the tremendous service St John Ambulance Cheshire volunteers give to the local community.
Last year, the Cheshire volunteers provided first aid care at 740 local events and treated 1,700 patients. In total they completed 66,000 hours of voluntary service in 2010.
A vote of thanks from the Priory of England and the Islands was then given to Dr Leonard Kader by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire who is also the county president for St John Ambulance, Cheshire.
Dr Kader, who lives in Heswall, has served St John Ambulance in several counties over 35 years and has held senior positions in both Berkshire and Cheshire.
He was Cheshire’s Commander from 1985 to 1987. He continues to be one of the First aid at work course assessors in Chester.
Mr Briggs presented the Leverhulme Cup to Paula Davies, divisional officer of the Halton unit, for the best adult division performance within Cheshire.
Other medals, bars and certificates were then presented to members of St John Ambulance Cheshire for their service to the community by the Lord Mayor of Chester and the Deputy Mayor of Halton, Tom McInerney.
Dr Fitzroy-Smith said: “The St John Ambulance Cheshire members put in hundreds of hours of their spare time each year to help local people and are a valuable asset to the local community.
“I am extremely proud of all our younger and adult members who provide an outstanding service to the Cheshire community. They are being the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”
The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire said: “I have seen St John Ambulance at many local events each year, helping hundreds of people receive crucial first aid when they need it. If the volunteers did not freely give of their time, many of these events could not take place.”