St John Presentation
Following the very generous response to the PGMs appeal by all the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges in the Province the Provincial Grand Master presented a heart monitor/defibrillator and accessories together with two AED packs to St John Ambulance. The handover took place the organisations local HQ at St John House, Woodland Business Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater. It marked the culmination of the appeal with the brethren of the Province contributed £20,000.00 to St John and Hearing Dogs Deaf People. The Provincial Grand Master, David Nelson commented "All the Lodges in our wonderful Province have responded brilliantly to my appeal. Their generosity demonstrates quite clearly that Mark Masons care about others and that they are very happy to make a significant contribution to their local community, I am very proud of them all."
The presentation was attended by representative from every Lodge in the Province. From St John Ross Young, the County Executive Officer was supported by many volunteers including, Richard Mulligan - County Commander, Julie Hope - County Commissioner, John Roberts - County Chairman, Will Newton County Ambulance Officer and paramedics Hannah Thomas & Beckie Whitelock.
David Nelson paid tribute in his presentation to the St John Ambulance for their dedication and to his own brethren for raising the money. In reply Richard Mulligan and John Roberts expressed their grateful thanks for the generous donation and explained how important the heart monitor/defibrillator would be and how it would be used throughout Somerset and by neighbouring St John counties.
Will Newton then explained how the equipment worked. Known as a 12 lead diagnostic ecg monitor, 4 leads are attached to the limbs limbs and 6 to the chest, this array of inputs allows accurate diagnosis that a heart attack is being or has been suffered by the patient and what area of the heart is or could be damaged. The machine can then print the information, which stays with the patient on admission to hospital allows medical teams to take immediate action without any examination in A&E, saving vital minutes for the patient.
It is fair to say that we were all very impressed with the reception we received on the day and for the amount of effort the St John members made to explain how important the equipment was to them.
pdf of PGMs speech. Link to the Appeal page
David Powell and Tony Atherton of George Norman Mark Lodge
Brian Watkis and Gerald Lunn.
Barrie Baker listens to the PGM making his presentation but have Tony Chapman and Graham Gamble dropped off to sleep?
The PGM with Will Newton and the new monitor.
Two small portable AED's were also presented, these would be used with the St John rapid response bikes shown below.
The PGM with members of George Norman Lodge. (thats Terry Haggett's stomach on the right of the picture)
Richard Mulligan - County Commander chats to David Smith of Quantock Mark Lodge.
Cliff Hannabuss and Terry Haggett question Will Newton on the work that he does.
John Roberts - County Chairman discusses the project with David Nelson.
Ian? from Well? the manufacturers of the equipment explains to John Nicholson, Neil Hawes and John Smith how the monitor works.
Paramedics Hannah Thomas & Beckie Whitelock with the rapid response bikes. These are used for occasions like Bridgewater Fair or the carnival season when there can be a large number of people spread over a large area.