The Rev Andy Hawes (St John Ambulance County Chaplain); Stephen Hallberg (Mark Master Masons Provincial Grand Master); Louise Mumford (Lincolnshire County Priory Group Chair); volunteer Pete Houldershaw; and Jack Geelhoed (Mark Master Masons Deputy Provincial Grand Master).

New treatment centre for area

A new mobile treatment centre was handed over to St John Ambulance during a ceremony in Spalding.

At the end of March, the Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund donated the unit at St Mary and Nicholas Church.

The Lincolnshire mobile treatment centre is one of over 50 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme which started in October 2017.

The vehicles have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund to the Order of St John, with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands.

The Lincolnshire vehicle will be put to use at events in the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.

Stephen Hallberg, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Master Masons in Lincolnshire, said: “It is with great pride the Mark Masons of Lincolnshire present the keys to this vehicle. We know the wonderful work St John Ambulance does for our local communities and we are sure this gift will be put to good use.”

Louise Mumford, chair of the Lincolnshire County Priory Group, said the group is “immensely grateful” for the donations.

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