Havering’s St John Ambulance heroes given awards by the Queen

Heroes don’t always come dressed in a cape; just ask Kelly Scott.

Her fiance, Mark Hills, from Romford, 37, along with Christopher Beales, 50 , from Gidea Park, and Ashraf Uddin, 34, from Chelmsford, received prestigious awards from the Queen for their commitment to Havering St John Ambulance.

“It is a nice thing to receive,” said Christopher. “You have to be nominated for it and it is quite a big deal for the people who do get them.”

“I’m really proud of him. He has waited 17 years to get this award,” said Kelly. “He has worked really hard to get this award.”

The induction, which happened at the Priory Church, in Clerkenell, was carried out by the Prior of England and the Islands.

It was there that the three long-serving members, who freely donate their time to provide medical support, first aid teaching, and advice to the community while on public duty, received their awards.

Christopher Beales Borough officer of Havering was promoted to Officer Brother, Mark Hills Lead Healthcare Professional and Divisional Officer of Romford Division was promoted to Serving Brother, as was Ashraf Uddin member of Rainham and South Hornchurch Division.

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“I’m honoured,” said Ashraf of receiving his award.

“It’s a way of promoting St John Ambulance even further. I do try to encourage the youngsters to join St John.”

The unsung heroes each received a medal to be worn on ceremonial occasions, as well as a ribbon that is to be worn on their duty uniform.