Worthing first-aiders get royal award

Brian Tompsett (left) and Bryan Winn with their awards
Brian Tompsett (left) and Bryan Winn with their awards

TWO St John Ambulance volunteers from Worthing have been awarded a royal award of chivalry.

Bryan Winn, 63, from Broadwater, Worthing, and Brian Tompsett, 75, of King Edward Avenue, Worthing, were both invested as Serving Brothers into the Order of St John.

People can become members of the Order of St John only if they have shown exceptional service to its key foundations, which include St John Ambulance. Each recipient is approved by the Queen, its sovereign head.

Bryan Winn has been serving the Worthing area for 41 years with St John Ambulance. After stepping down from his 11-year post as superindendent, he is still an active first-aider, helping to provide medical cover at major events including the London to Brighton bike ride, Pride and the Brighton marathon.

He is also part of a Sussex St John Ambulance team which provides A&E support to the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Bryan said he was privileged to receive the award.

“It’s an honour, because the job I do is the same as everyone else at St John,” he said. “Everyone’s efforts should be recognised.”

Brian Tompsett has been working with St John Ambulance for 22 years, and is currently a unit support officer.

He helps to train the charity’s ambulance drivers, using his expertise as an observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Besides his voluntary work for St John Ambulance he has also been a local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and chairman of his local residents’ association for 10 years.

Brian said: “The award is totally unexpected, and an honour. I have had a brilliant 22 years with St John and I still enjoy it today. I couldn’t have done it, however, without the support of my family and wife Sandra.”

Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands Rodney Green, who presented the awards, said: “This honour recognises the dedication that these Sussex volunteers have shown over the years to help the charity deliver its mission so that no one dies needlessly from a lack of first-aid.

“They are a perfect example of how volunteers can make a real impact in their communities and we hope their stories encourages others to learn vital life-saving skills.”