St John stalwart is honoured by Queen

Helen Marriott, Pinxton Wins Queen's SJAB Award.
Helen Marriott, Pinxton Wins Queen's SJAB Award.

A PINXTON woman who has served the St John’s Ambulance as a volunteer for 34 years has been honoured by the Queen.

Helen Marriott, 47, of Victoria Road was invested into the Order of St John by Rodney Green, the Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands, in London on behalf of the Queen, after being nominated by colleagues.

Helen said: “I’m very proud and I know everybody else is too! I was presented with my Serving Sister of the Order of St John – for services to the St John Ambulance. They only give so many out.”

Helen has been volunteering e for 34 years after being introduced by a school friend. She started as a cadet in 1977, before taking over as deputy commissioner for youth in Nottinghamshire. She was joined by three other nurses from Nottinghamshire for the ceremony.

In addition to her work with St John, Helen has been a Scout leader for 24 years so public service, not to mention heroism, runs in the family.

Helen added: “My son Adrian is in St John’s as well.

“He started when he was five in the Badgers and he’s now 23.

She said: “He saved somebody’s life by resuscitating them at a Notts County football match. The main thing is learning first aid.”