Long-serving Pendle first-aiders honoured

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THREE leading Pendle first aiders have been honoured by St John Ambulance.

Norman Mitchell, David Berry and Albert Shea are all members of the organisation’s Nelson and Brierfield Unit, based at the Nelson Ambulance Hall in Eleanor Street, Nelson.

Mr Mitchell is officer-in-charge of the unit, having previously served in Padiham. He has been presented with his fourth long-service bar - a gold version. He has been involved for 40 years.

David Berry has retired and he was given a Certificate of Commendation for the service he has carried out.

And Albert Shea - a leading trainer with the unit locally - was given a 25-year certificate and a silver third bar after 27 years of contributions.

The presentations took place during a St John Ambulance County Christmas Carol and Toy Service at St Andrew’s Church in Ashton, Preston.

Pendle’s St John Ambulance team plays a key role in first aid, providing trained and equipped volunteers at public events, helping people to receive crucial first aid when they need it.

Peter Dewhurst, president of the Nelson and Brierfield Unit, said: “I am delighted that the hard work put in by these three members has been honoured by the county team. They deserve their awards and I congratulate them on achieving this.”

If you want to find out more about first aid training or joining St John Ambulance, call 01772 252239, or visit the webite www.sja.org.uk