ST JOHN Ambulance volunteers from the Lisburn Q Division were rewarded for their service to the community and the organisation at an Investiture and Awards ceremony that took place in Hillsborough Castle recently.
Representatives from the charity's divisions throughout Northern Ireland travelled to Hillsborough to the ceremony, where 16 volunteers that together represent almost 250 years of service, were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the provision of first aid in the community.
The head of the Order of St. John in Northern Ireland, His Honour John McKee welcomed guests to the presentation which began with the admission of seven volunteers into the Order of St. John which is an Order of Chivalry; including Jennifer Johnston (Lisburn Division).
'Service Medal of the Order' accolades were awarded to 12 volunteers for completing 12 years of efficient service within the organisation, including Tracey Johnston (Lisburn Division).
Head of the Order of St. John in Northern Ireland, His Honour John McKee commented on the achievements of the volunteers.
"It is a privilege for myself as the representative of the Order of St. John in Northern Ireland to attend these Award Ceremonies which recognize the years of service of these St. John Ambulance volunteers," said Mr. McKee.
The fact that we have volunteers receiving accolades for over 12 to 32 years of services is an outstanding
achievement and not one that many organisations can celebrate. I am delighted to be able to present the awards and congratulate all the recipients," he added. St. John Ambulance has been caring for life in Northern Ireland since 1881. The charity embraces all sections of the corn-
munity and through its youth, section offers a wide range of activities to over 1000 young people under the age of 25. For more information on St. John Ambulance services visit www.ni.sja.org.uk or call 028 90 799 393.