Recognition for Bury St Edmunds St John Ambulance volunteer Enid

Enid Gathercole who has been made an Officer of the Order of St John
Enid Gathercole who has been made an Officer of the Order of St John

A woman who has volunteered with St John Ambulance for 27 years and saved lives during that period has received recognition for her service.

Enid Gathercole is vice-president of the St John Ambulance unit in Bury St Edmunds and has been been made an Officer of the Order of St John. Mrs Gathercole from Fornham All Saints worked at Boots in Bury St Edmunds for 22 years becoming personnel manager.

During her time with St John Ambulance she has provided CPR on six occasions and in one incident lay on her stomach in Thetford Forest to support the head of a motor cyclist who had collided with a tree.

Mrs Gathercole, 69, is deputy chairman of Fornham All Saints Parish Council and runs the village community centre.

She said: “I was so proud and quite emotional to receive something like that. I enjoy helping people and the youth side of the work.”

Rodney Green, Prior of the Priory of England and the islands of the Order of St John, said: “She has shown true commitment to helping St John Ambulance’s life saving work.

Also recognised at the ceremony was Trevor Bailey, from Bury St Edmunds, who manages the Haverhill unit.