First aider is given honour

Terry Bassnett with first Aid awards
Terry Bassnett with first Aid awards

AFTER more than three decades of service, Terry Bassnett has been made a Serving Brother of St John Ambulance.

Terry, from Bletchley, is the longest serving member of his local branch of St John Ambulance and was given the top honour last month in London.

“To even be considered, let alone received this honour is just fantastic news,” he said. “I will continue to serve the Order of St John Ambulance for a long as I can.

“I have already received my long term service medal and this honour, to be admitted as a ServingBrother, is simply the icing on the cake.”

The award comes after more than 30 years of first aid experience which Terry took up after seeing an advert for a free public course in Bletchley.

“I first got involved in first aid 33 years ago when the local division in Bletchley advertised they were holding a first aid course.

“I trained as an attendant and driver to form part of the ambulance crew.

“I also got involved helping out the local hospital as a volunteerr nurse.

“I’m now the longest serving member in the division, but I still enjoy going to events and helping out our younger members while out on duty.”

But Terry admitted that while people still regularly join St John Ambulance, he would like to see more younger members getting involved.

He said: “We always get to meet new faces, but not everyone sticks it out. We’d love to see more young people coming down and carrying on the good service that we provide.”