Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal

Woody’s Trustee, Ian Price, awarded Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal!

Here at Woody’s Lodge, we’re delighted to share with you that one of our Trustees, Ian Price, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List! Working as an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as being on the board here at Woody’s, Ian has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal! 

Ian was recognised along with another Welsh Ambulance Service colleague, Community First Responder, Jack Gibbins, who received a British Empire Medal!

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 awards 1,495 honours to people across the UK for their outstanding contributions to society.The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal, or QAM, is awarded to distinguish exemplary service from ambulance workers in the NHS and reward exceptional devotion to duty; Ianwas one of four recipients of the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal this year.

Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said:

We’re exceptionally proud that both Ian and Jack have been recognised in such a distinguished way. They’re shining examples of colleagues who go above and beyond to be their best and help others, and I’m extremely proud to say that they work for and on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service. Ian is a credit to this organisation, and we’re over the moon that he’s been awarded the prestigious QAM.

Our Chairman, Dr David Trotman said: 

We couldn’t be prouder of Ian, not only is he a credit to the Welsh Ambulance Service but we’re absolutely delighted to have him as part of the Woody’s Lodge family! He absolutely deserves such recognition and such a huge accolade! Congratulations Sarge! 

After serving in the Welsh Guard, deployed in Berlin, Northern Ireland and the Falklands, Ian joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in 1992. Starting out as part of the patient transport service, before qualifying as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1997, Ian has had a 27-year career with the ambulance service!

As well as being a Trustee with us at Woody’s, Ian, otherwise known as ‘Sarge’, also represents the Welsh Ambulance Trust at Cardiff’s annual Remembrance Day parade and also works with a local golf club to organise and deliver free Christmas lunches for his colleagues. He’s also a keen fundraiser and has raised thousands of pounds over the years for the Velindre Cancer Centre and Wales Air Ambulance charity!

We caught up with Ian this morning to ask how he was feeling after such an amazing achievement and he said: 

I am just so humbled to receive such an amazing award, it’s truly just incredible. 

Well done Sarge, from everyone here at Woody’s Lodge! 

Woody’s Lodge is a communications and social hub for veterans of the armed forces and emergency services, along with their families. We provide safe spaces for armed service veterans, recent leavers, reservists and those who served in the emergency services to socialise and access a wide range of health and social services. Our Veteran Drop-in Centres are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we’d love to see you in one of our weekly Zoom calls?

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