Award-winning emergency responder Dr Jeremy Mauger urges others to volunteer
A Bury St Edmunds doctor who volunteers as an emergency responder is urging others to lend a helping hand to good causes after winning a top award.
Dr Jeremy Mauger, 51, scooped the Suffolk Emergency and Armed Services Volunteers accolade at the Suffolk High Sheriff Awards last Thursday.
The consultant anaesthetist and intensivist at West Suffolk Hospital is the longest serving responder at Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service (SARS) having dedicated his time since 2001.
The awards, in partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation, are given to those who strive to improve their communities and Dr Mauger was recognised after the judges felt his ‘outstanding selfless spirit was highly commendable, certainly going beyond the call of duty’.
He said: “I’m humbled, amazed and truly honoured. The evening was extraordinary with so many amazing stories of volunteering.”
Dr Mauger, of Bury, also began volunteering for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2002 but took on a paid position three years ago as a supervisor and to train younger doctors. He has helped hundreds of critically ill or injured patients.
“Knowing you’re supporting people when they need help is truly rewarding,” Dr Mauger said. “One of the fascinating things about SARS is they never know what they’re going to call you with next. You attend road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and patients with critical medical illness.”
The evening was extraordinary with so many amazing stories of volunteering - Dr Jeremy Mauger
He is encouraging others to volunteer to support their communities.
“They would get so much out of helping others – learning new skills and seeing a whole new perspective on life – to lead us through what are quite challenging times for many,” he said.
The Suffolk Voluntary Health Care Award went to Livability Icanho and Noise Solution was runner-up in the Suffolk Voluntary Organisation of the Year Award – Rebuilding Broken Lives.
Joint winners of the Suffolk Inspiring Leader Award were Fiona Ellis (Survivors in Transition), Tara Somers (Home-Start), Ann Osborn (The Coffee Caravan), Maureen Reynel (FIND Families in Need), Emma Ratzer (Access Community Trust) and Rebecca Crerar (Suffolk Refugee Support).
Grant recipients included Bury Women’s Aid Centre, Bury Town Pastors, Home-Start Mid and West Suffolk and The Mix Stowmarket.