St Mary’s Volunteer Recognised By St John Ambulance

Beryl Read

Beryl Read

An island woman has been recognised for her many years providing first aid services and training in Scilly.

Beryl Read has been admitted as a Member of the Priory of St John, one of the highest awards offered within the St John Ambulance organisation.

Beryl says it was a surprise to get the letter saying her name had been put forward. And she says she was delighted when she received the official confirmation, signed by the Queen on June 17th.

Beryl has been a St John volunteer for many years and regularly offers first aid services at island events, including the World Pilot Gig Championships.

She’s also organised courses for adults and school children to improve their first responder skills. She says she enjoys working for the organisation and admires their high standards.

Beryl will be invited to a presentation of her award later in the year.

The Order of St John was first awarded in 1898 and is now given to volunteers who have provided at least 12 years service to the organisation.

Beryl says other members to receive the award in Scilly include Ann Mumford, Sam Ellis and Dr Adrian Davis.