Geoffrey Bush honoured by St. John Ambulance
PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010
AN Exmouth man has been honoured for his dedication and loyalty to St John Ambulance. Retired civil servant Geoffrey Bush was recently invested as a member of the Order of St John an honour approved by the Queen and granted to those who have shown excep
AN Exmouth man has been honoured for his dedication and loyalty to St John Ambulance.Retired civil servant Geoffrey Bush was recently invested as a member of the Order of St John - an honour approved by the Queen and granted to those who have shown exceptional service to the charity.Mr Bush, chairman of the St John Council for Devon for seven years and who was promoted to the higher grade of Commander Brother, joined three other Devon volunteers at a London ceremony to honour their efforts.Serving Sister Sarah Thompson was recognised for her work as the area staff officer in East Devon.The Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands Sir Brian Jenkins, who presented the awards, said it was unusual for one county to have so many representatives at the investiture ceremony."They have made an outstanding contribution to St John Ambulance and to volunteering in Devon. I am very proud to have been able to invest them into the Order of St John," he said.The volunteers were presented with the organisation's insignia. The award was approved by Her Majesty the Queen, who is Sovereign Head of the Order.The investiture ceremony takes place four times a year. Around 100 people of all nationalities and walks of life are invested. Many St John Ambulance volunteers are honoured, along with members of the emergency services who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation - sometimes for many years.