Volunteer lifesavers get Royal stamp of approval

Volunteers providing vital support to East Midlands Ambulance Service in Hope Valley have been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.''The volunteers pictured are (l-r) Sue Hoggarth, Andy Goodison, Alison Griffiths, Christine Parsons, Peter Mummery, Jo Cottrill, Mary Oddy, Julia Reid, Muriel Fletcher. Volunteers also awarded the medal but not pictured are James Hornby, John Hutchinson, Phil Wright, Jane Bownes.

Volunteers providing vital support to East Midlands Ambulance Service in Hope Valley have been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.''The volunteers pictured are (l-r) Sue Hoggarth, Andy Goodison, Alison Griffiths, Christine Parsons, Peter Mummery, Jo Cottrill, Mary Oddy, Julia Reid, Muriel Fletcher. Volunteers also awarded the medal but not pictured are James Hornby, John Hutchinson, Phil Wright, Jane Bownes.

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Volunteer lifesavers who provide emergency medical treatment to remote Peak District communities have received prestigious awards in honour of their service.

Thirteen members of the St John Ambulance Hope Valley Community First Response team, which provides immediate help before ambulance crews can arrive on the scene of emergencies, have been bestowed with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The award recognises good public service.

One volunteer, Pete Mummery, aged 50, from Hope, said: “We know what we do is valued in the community but it was a real surprise to be awarded the medal. I’m very pleased for the team.”

The Hope Valley Community First Response team has 17 trained volunteers who are dispatched by East Midlands Ambulance Service to selected incidents. They have attended over 1,200 calls since forming in 2003.

Michael Collins, the ambulance service’s delivery manager, said: “We’re proud to work in partnership with a network of responders who provide a vital service.”

All the Hope Valley volunteers honoured have completed over five years’ service.