Volunteer honoured by charity
A ST John Ambulance volunteer from Portishead has been honoured for his work with a first aid charity.
Micky Marks was given an investiture into the Order of St John for his dedication which was marked in a prestigious ceremony in the order's historic 12th-century Priory Church in London's Clerkenwell.
By being selected to become a member of the Order of St John, Mr Marks, who has been a volunteer with the charity for 40 years, has been recognised for outstanding service to its key foundations – one of which is St John Ambulance.
The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and Her Majesty the Queen, its sovereign head, approves each recipient.
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St John Ambulance believes volunteers are fundamental in helping the charity to fulfil its aims.
Mr Marks, who lives in The Paddock, is a support worker with the badger, cadet and adult units in the Portishead and Pill Division and also a member of the division's property and maintenance committee, responsible for the maintenance of the charity's divisional headquarters in Lodway, Pill.
As well as supporting volunteers of all ages at the weekly training sessions when they practice their life saving skills, he attends many public events in a support role.
Mr Marks, who works as a first aid instructor, has used his own skills many times over the years, including while off duty on skiing holidays dealing with fellow holidaymakers who had sustained broken limbs.
Mr Marks said: 'I feel very proud to be admitted to the Order of St John.
"My work as a volunteer for St John Ambulance has allowed me to support the next generation of first aiders so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved."