Nicky given top award for her work with first aid charity

Published on: 13 Jan 2013

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Nicky ConnollyNicky given top award for her work with first aid charity

St John Ambulance volunteer Nicky Connolly from Filton has been honoured for her work with the first aid charity with an investiture into the Order of St John.

Her dedication was marked at a prestigious ceremony on December 13 in the Order’s historic 12th century Priory Church in London’s Clerkenwell.

By being selected to become a member of the Order of St John, Nicky, who is currently the Assistant Commissioner for the area’s Badger movement for young members aged five to 10, has been recognised for outstanding service to its key foundations – one of which is St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity.

The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and Her Majesty the Queen, its Sovereign Head, approves each recipient.

St John Ambulance believes volunteers such as Nicky are fundamental in helping the charity to fulfil its charitable aims.

Up to 140,000 people every year could be given a chance to live if more people were equipped with basic first aid skills.

Nicky, 38, who lives in Wades Road and works as a Resuscitation Training Officer for North Bristol NHS Trust, joined the charity 28 years ago as a Cadet member.

She has worked her way up through the volunteer ranks to her current position.

As well as teaching and inspiring the next generation of first aiders across South Gloucestershire and Bristol, she is also a trained first aider who has used her skills many times to help others, including during a crash on the M5 when she went to the aid of an injured motorist.

Spreading the message
about the importance of first aid has become a family affair for Nicky,

Her fiancé Darren Gregory, a County Staff Officer for Cadets, and her nine-year-old daughter Lauren Jay, who is currently the Avon Deputy Badger of the Year, attended the ceremony with her.

Nicky was presented with the Order’s insignia by Rodney Green, the Prior (Chairman) of the Priory of England and the Islands (part of the Order of St John).

Nicky said: "I am honoured to have been admitted to the Order of St John and humbled that my service has been recognised in this way.

"My work as a volunteer for St John Ambulance has allowed me to put my first aid knowledge into practice and also train the next generation of first aiders so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved."

The Prior, Rodney Green, said: "Nicky has been invited to join the Order of St John in recognition of the contribution she has made to her community.

"She has shown true commitment to helping St John Ambulance’s life saving work.2

Around a hundred people from communities across the country are invested on each occasion, the majority of whom volunteer for St John Ambulance.

The investiture ceremony takes place three times a year.

The Order of St John is one of the world’s longest established charities and traces its origins back 900 years to the Knights Hospitaller and the first Hospital of St John in Jerusalem in 1078.

Its international history is showcased in the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London.

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