A FORMER teacher from Hucknall is proving to be top of the class in her role with St John Ambulance — after receiving a national honour in recognition of 50 years’ service with the first-aid organisation.
MO COSTIN (63), of Newark, was born in Hucknall, went to Spring Street Primary and Beardall Street Secondary Schools in the town and joined St John Ambulance cadets at the age of 13.
Now she has been invested into the Order Of St John and promoted to Officer Sister in a ceremony at the historic 12th century Priory Church in London.
“St John Ambulance has been my life and has given me so many opportunities,” said Mo, who is also a member of the St John schools liaison team, which has introduced 60,000 Nottinghamshire schoolchildren to first aid in the past six years.
“To be given the honour of becoming a member of the Order of St John is a wonderful way to round off my career. Volunteering for St John Ambulance gives me the opportunity to make a positive contribution to my community.
“Being able to put my first-aid knowledge into action means I can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”
From her early days in St John, Mo climbed the ranks to become superintendent of the Hucknall division.
After a career as a medical secretary, she taught shorthand and typing to sixth-formers at Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall and later qualified as a fully-trained teacher as a mature student at Nottingham Trent University.
She later taught information technology at Hucknall National Comprehensive, where she became head of year 11 before retiring in 2009.
Alongside her teaching career and bringing up two children, Mo was constantly involved with St John Ambulance. In her senior role as Commissioner Youth, she was responsible for the development of first-aid training for children and young people aged five to 25 across the county.
n OUR PHOTO shows Mo (centre) with schools liaison colleagues Barbara Robinson and Darren Allcock, of Hucknall.