Celebrating 75 years of first-aid expertise from St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance Hucknall and Linby 75th anniversary
St John Ambulance Hucknall and Linby 75th anniversary

DEDICATED members of the Hucknall and Linby division of St John Ambulance are celebrating 75 years of providing first-aid to the local community.

The branch was formed in 1936 to supply trained first-aiders for the former Hucknall and Linby Collieries.

It has flourished ever since and now provides crucial support at major events, such as Hucknall Christmas Carnival.

Plans are in the pipeline for an anniversary celebration this summer. But members have already received a certificate from the Chief Commander of St John, recording appreciation of the role played by the division.

Divisional superintendent Darren Allcock, of Hucknall, said: “The certificate praises the division for providing care for the community, thereby maintaining the high tradition of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.”

Members of St John have become familiar faces at community events across the Dispatch district. They provide first-aid cover to deal with injuries from a sprained ankle to a cut or even suspected heart-attacks.

There is a worthy family-tradition within the division, with some members being the third or fourth generation of their families to belong to St John Ambulance.

The division, which meets at Seymour Road Baptist Church in Hucknall, is thriving and offers groups for both adults and young cadets. The Hucknall Badgers — the youngest members of St John Ambulance — was reformed in January and now has 15 members.

Darren, whose parents are award-winning members of the division, added: “As the nation’s leading first-aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that nobody should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

“We teach people first aid so they can make a difference.”

To register an interest in joining St John, call Darren on 07977 414456.