Singleton’s St John Ambulance Combined Division celebrated some significant milestones at their first formal dinner held on November 2.
The Combined Division is under the leadership of Superintendent Luke Grainger (Adult section) and Kelly Grainger 2IC (Cadet Officer).
Kelly was honoured on the night for 20 years commitment to Singleton as a voluntary first aider. Kelly is passionate about the efficient and professional delivery of first aid services to the community. She has been driven since she was a tiny little girl. She was allowed to attend St John from the tender age of six under the mentorship of Superintendent Daniel Lewis and officially joined the organisation in March 1999.
She had a thirst for knowledge and a quest for answers which always kept her father, Mr Lewis and Ms Connie Merritt in constant conversation and awe. Kelly moved through the ranks to finally hold the position of Cadet Leader before transferring to the Adult Division where she held the position of Corporal and then Sergeant. On Mr Lewis’s retirement it was decided that the Divisions would be combined.
This was done with the Leadership of Area Manager John Comyns who then promoted Kelly to the position of 2IC of the new Singleton Combined Division.
Kelly was honoured in an address given by her father regarding her sterling qualities as a first aider. She was presented with flowers, silver ear rings and an anniversary cake by the members. On Saturday October, 28 2017 Kelly was awarded the twelve year service medal at the Annual St John Award Ceremony at the University of Sydney.
This was a very proud day for Kelly and the entire Division. Kelly was supported at the ceremony by her family. Her Superintendent shed a few tears at this ceremony, his chest bursting with pride.
The medal was presented by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC, Governor of New South Wales. He was impressed that someone so young had given so much of themselves to their community.
During the formal dinner Kelly had the pleasure of presenting Senior Cadet Jorja Payne with her second Service Stars. This achievement signifies 6 years of service as a Cadet. She has also completed over 300 duty hours as a volunteer.
St John Ambulance NSW Singleton Combined Division meets on a Thursday evening from 6pm in the St Andrews’ Hall in Church Street during school term time. For further information about the organisation, do not hesitate to contact Mr Grainger on 0439 599 329.