The St John Ambulance Guernsey has received a donation of £4000 for the Flying Christine III from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
It is the latest in a series of donations from the Freemasons who have been supporting St John with an annual contribution towards the running costs of the marine ambulance for many years.
The Provincial Grand Master of Guernsey and Alderney, Keith Read made the presentation on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to the Knight Commander of St John in Guernsey, Andrew Henton and Chief Ambulance Officer Mark Mapp.
Chief Operating Officer Nikki Harrison and St John board members Stuart Place and Jurat David Hodgetts were also present together with local Masons.
Knight Commander of St John, Andrew Henton said: “I would like to thank the Freemasons for their ongoing support for the Flying Christine. Donations like this allow us continue to deliver life-saving care to the other islands of the Bailiwick or vessels in local waters. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the St John volunteers who act as boat crews and the clinical staff who respond to medical emergencies on the Flying Christine III.”
Chief Ambulance Officer, Mark Mapp added: “We are extremely grateful to the Masons for this donation for the Flying Christine III. Having been a paramedic on the medical crew on the Flying Christine for more than 20 years, I have seen first-hand how much of a difference the marine ambulance can make. It can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, which is why residents of the other islands consider it be a vital life-line service.”
The Provincial Grand Master, Keith Read said: “The Masons have a long tradition of supporting the work of the Order of St John nationally as well as St John Ambulance Guernsey. This has included making regular contributions to the Flying Christine funds for many years. I am delighted on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to be able to make a further donation of £4000 for what is an excellent service provided by St John.”