Life-saving volunteer clocks up 50 years

Paul Cartwright EMN-151210-082636001
Paul Cartwright EMN-151210-082636001
  • ‘Dedicated’ Paul recognised for half a century with charity

A volunteer who has dedicated half a century to first aid charity St John Ambulance has been recognised for his commitment and dedication.

Paul Cartwright, who is the unit leader for the Market Rasen branch, joined St John Ambulance cadets in the early 1960s and has spent years giving life saving first aid services to the community.

Paul said: “I have had many experiences during my time with St John Ambulance and have administered first aid in a variety of situations from treating things like cuts and sprains to helping people who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

“One of the most exciting things I have been able to do as part of my St John Ambulance career was in 1995 when I was asked to do some overseas training, I spent three months in Grenada and Barbados training their army units, police force and airport authorities.

“What an amazing opportunity and experience.”

And Paul says things have changed “tremendously” over the years.

He said: “It’s been half a century. It’s changed tremendously over the years.

“The organisation, in terms of the service we provide, has changed out of all proportion.

“If you take Market Rasen, we used to have a tent

“We had a little stove to make a cup of tea at the side of the road.

“It was completely different to the way we work today.

“Things are a lot tighter, we have to comply with the Care Quality Commission.”

But some things have not changed.

Paul said: “It’s nice to be able to respond to an emergency and know that you’ve got the training and skills to help someone to recovery.

“People are always grateful for what we do for them.”

Paul received a certificate during an awards ceremony at The Cardinal’s Hat in Lincoln on Monday (October 12).

Other long-serving members of the Market Rasen unit who also received awards included Carol Warner, for 12 years’ service, Philip Smith, for 27 years, Paul Orphanoudakis for 17 years and Allan Portas for 42 years.

St John Ambulance district manager Peter Howie said: “It is vital that we recognise the commitment and dedication of our volunteers who ensure the prompt and effective provision of first aid to people who suffer from illness and injuries whilst at events.

“It is their presence and skills that save lives.”