JENNY Bodger and Jacqui Whiteley from Chester have been recognised for their outstanding community service with St John Ambulance.

At a ceremony in the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London, they were each invested as a member of the Order of St John.

The honour is granted to those who have shown exceptional service to its key foundations – one of which is St John Ambulance.

The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each recipient is approved by the Queen.

Jenny and Jacqui have been volunteers for St John Ambulance for more than 35 years and both were admitted to the Order as Serving Sister.

Jenny has been serving St John Ambulance for 38 years, providing a first aid service to the public.

Her hard work helped her to progress to the roles of Badger Leader, leading young St John Ambulance members aged from five to 10 from 1994 to 1997, a divisional officer in 1988 and a divisional superintendent from 1998-99.

She was also instrumental in developing the St John Ambulance Babysafe course project which provides free paediatric first aid training to new parents and carers.

Jacqui started her career with St John Ambulance as a cadet.

She later set up a cadet division in Blacon and became its divisional superintendent. She then progressed to county staff officer in charge of public relations.

She is now county competitions secretary for St John Ambulance in Cheshire.

St John Ambulance in Cheshire is looking to recruit more adult volunteers for a variety of uniformed roles and non-uniformed roles such as catering, administration and fundraising.

Under its youth programme there are also opportunities for people aged five to 25. For more information call 01244 383407, email countyhq@cheshire.sja or visit