A volunteer doctor from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service charity has won the High Sheriff of Suffolk’s lifetime achievement award for 2013-14
Dr Andy Mason, from Norton, was the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award which was newly created by the High Sheriff for 2014 with groups across Suffolk asked to nominate one of their volunteers for special recognition of their services and commitment over many years.
Dr Mason is SARS longest serving volunteer and has provided immediate care at nearly 2,000 medical emergencies around the region over a forty year period as a responder for the charity. Andy is set to retire in November 2014.
On receiving his award last night, Dr Mason said: “I feel truly humbled by this award and I would like to pay tribute not only to all the other fantastic volunteers who were present this evening but also to all the emergency service personnel I have worked alongside over the years. Treating casualties is truly a team effort.
“I will be very sad to retire from SARS later this year but it’s very pleasing to see a charity so close to my heart beginning to get the support and recognition I feel it deserves.
“We have several potential new responders keen to join SARS at the moment and I really hope that we can get the grants and donations over the next 12 months to allow us to expand our activity and provide the equipment and training which will enable them to start responding to serious medical incidents in the community.”
Dr Pam Chrispin, chairwoman of SARS, said: “This is a fitting testament to a wonderful SARS colleague who is an example to us all.
“Andy has shown outstanding commitment for SARS over the last 40 years, not only in the many hours he has spent out by the roadside or in the community helping treat critically ill people, but also in his tireless ambassadorial work for our charity. Very well deserved Andy.”
You can find out more about SARS and donate to it at www.sars999.org.uk