First aid charity celebrates 125 years of service

A HUCKNALL couple who have notched up 80 years of combined service with St John Ambulance are being recognised as part of the charity’s milestone anniversary.

Eric Allcock (65), will feature in an exhibition as part of the first aid organisation’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Together with his wife Doreen, the pair have served the district for a total of 80 years between them as members of the Hucknall and Linby St John Ambulance.

Accounts of Eric’s stories from his volunteer work, helping to save lives across the district, will form part of the exhibition and online project demonstrating the part the St John Ambulance has played over the years.

“We have used our first aid training to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved on more than one occasion, including a serious road accident on the M1 motorway,” explained Eric.

“One of my most memorable public duties with St John Ambulance was travelling to London for Sir Winston Churchill’s State Funeral when I was 17 years old.”

For the first time, 125 people will share their stories from 1887 to the present day in the project, which will include tales of heroism from the Second World War to providing first aid to crowds at royal weddings.

Visit www.sja.org.uk/125voices for the accounts or visit the exhibition at the Priory Church of St John, London.