Awards ceremony celebrates staff

The great, the brave and the good have been honoured by the Trust in a special ceremony of celebration. 

Guests at our annual awards on Friday (9th May) heard about acts of bravery, going above and beyond for patients, and long careers in the ambulance service. 

Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh opened proceedings at Tattersall’s Conference Centre in Newmarket, and said it was an opportunity “for us to recognise and celebrate the hard work, dedication and commitment of our wonderful ambulance staff and volunteers. Not many people can say that they work for an organisation that saves lives every day, but we do, and hundreds of thousands of patients benefit from the care they get from us every year.” 

Awards presented during the ceremony, which was sponsored by Ortus and WAS Special Vehicles, were for 20, 25, and 35 years’ long service and the Queen’s Medal for long service and good conduct – a medal specially for ambulance staff which was presented on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. 

Anthony Marsh said: “I started my career in the ambulance service more than 27 years ago, so I know what a difficult job our staff and volunteers have.  I am very proud to lead this ambulance service with such passionate and motivated staff and volunteers, who work day in and day out to help patients, often in their greatest hour of need.” 

On the night, award winners had clocked up more than 1,400 years service between them.  Other awards recognised the long service of volunteers, those who had gone above and beyond the call of duty in trying to save lives, bravery awards to two children who had done remarkable things and outstanding achievement for staff and volunteers. 

Awards were presented by Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Nigel Pickover, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Editor-in-Chief, Archant Norfolk.

*NEW* Download and print a special bulletin of the awards coverage here.

Published 10th May. Updated 14th May, 2014.

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