St John Ambulance stalwart volunteer handed MBE - The Solihull Observer

St John Ambulance stalwart volunteer handed MBE

Solihull Editorial 2nd Jun, 2022   0

A DEDICATED St John Ambulance volunteer has been awarded an MBE.

Roy Jarratt was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for voluntary services to St John Ambulance in the West Midlands.

Speaking to The Observer, the Monkspath resident said: “I was thrilled when I found out I had been awarded an MBE.

“I have found it hard not to talk to anyone other than my partner about it.

“I am so honoured that not only my hard work but the hard work of those around me has been recognised.”

Roy, the district manager for Warwickshire and Coventry, was on hand during the pandemic supporting hospitals across the region with transport services plus keeping the ambulance fleet updated and making sure there was enough equipment for the volunteers.

As well as training adult volunteers he oversees the Badger groups for younger children and St John Cadets for the older ones.

Roy started his first aid volunteering when he was 14 as a Red Cross cadet and rose to senior management where his exceptional skills were well used during the national ambulance strikes, co-ordinatinig the medical services of the Territorial Army in the Midlands.

Since joining St John Ambulance in 2009 Roy has been on call at a number of events including last year’s Godiva festival and Warwick races.

He was also part of a project which researched first aid volunteers who were caught in the Coventry Blitz and helped organise an event to honour them.

Roy said he has yet to be told when he will collect his MBE. He added he hopes he will finally get to meet the Queen after being part of her escort team at several events while a police officer for West Midlands Police.

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