‘Queen’s award’ for Ilfracombe St John member

Sovereign’s Award honour for Chrissie

AN Ilfracombe St John Ambulance member has been chosen to receive an award personally signed by the Queen.

Chrissie Parker has been given a Sovereign’s Award, the premier award for young people within the Order of St John, which will be formally presented to her at Buckingham Palace in October.

It is given to young St John Ambulance volunteers in recognition of outstanding work in the areas of personal development, benefit to St John and benefit to their community. Only 10 are issued each year.

It is the senior internal award for young people and is personally signed by the Sovereign Head of the Order, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


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It is open to volunteers aged between 16-25 years-old who have gained the Grand Prior’s Award, gained the Amalfi Award or completed 1,000 hours of adult voluntary service.

Chrissie is a Divisional Officer with the Ilfracombe Adult Division, as well as the holder of an Amalfi Award, assists with younger members in the Badgers and acts as treasurer to the Ilfracombe St John Committee.

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“We are all delighted for Chrissie who has worked extremely hard to achieve this recognition – we are very proud of her,” said Clare Mordan, Divisional Superintendent.

Area president Roger Jacob added: “Chrissie is an excellent example of a young person who has made the most of her St John opportunities and is fully deserving of this national award.

“Her commitment and drive exemplifies the organisation’s current philosophy of ‘Making a Difference’ and in reality this can mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

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