St Johns Ambulance volunteer Darren Owen receives a Royal Order of Chivalry
PUBLISHED: 10:48 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:48 29 April 2015
FM for the south east, Darren Owen has been an active volunteer for St Johns Ambulance for 22 years, and this year will be heading to the Palace to receive a Royal Order of Chivalry for all his work. Here's what he has achieved in his own words…
“I am the volunteer lead for St Johns Ambulance in Sussex. I run all the major events from Brighton Marathon, London to Brighton Bike Ride, Brighton Pride, Lewes Bonfire, The Children’s Parade to Burning the Clocks. For these events I put together operational plans and deliver medical services. For the large events I’ll pull together 300 volunteers who I manage on the day; this is made up of five to six ambulances and crews, two to three doctors, six nurses, five paramedics and 200 first aid people, ten logistics, five radio controllers and bronze officers. For smaller events, one ambulance and five to ten first-aiders.
The ambulance service has so much confidence in me and the people I provide, and during Pride and the Marathon they transfer the city to me so I manage the event medical services and the 999 calls as we are often closer and can get to people quicker allowing the Ambulance Service to tackle more serious calls and incidents.
It’s thanks to the support of Mitie that I’m able to do what I do outside of work and this year the Sovereign Head of State, in her absolute discretion, saw fit to confirm on me a Royal Order of Chivalry.”