Clare hands back medals to charity

St John Ambulance commander Ian Ghoulbourne, Clare Chandler and Linda Moralee, manager of St John Ambulance Shiremoor Day Centre.
St John Ambulance commander Ian Ghoulbourne, Clare Chandler and Linda Moralee, manager of St John Ambulance Shiremoor Day Centre.

A FORMER charity volunteer has returned her medals to the organisation she joined almost eight decades ago.

Clare Chandler, 95, of Burradon, dedicated more than 50 years of her life volunteering for St John Ambulance in Ashington.

In that time she was awarded the long service medal, the sister serving medal in 1979 and a medal on joining the charity back in 1932.

Clare, who attends the St John Ambulance Shiremoor Day Centre, said she wanted to return them to the charity for safe-keeping.

“These medals are precious and mean a lot to me,” she said.

“I’m happy now that I know they’ve got a good home.”

The medals will be framed and displayed at the St John Ambulance headquarters in Newcastle in honour of Clare.

Ian Goulbourne, commander of St John Ambulance, said: “Clare has done tireless volunteer work and has helped people in emergency first aid situations at events around the region for over 50 years.

“Up to 150,000 people die each year in this country in situations where first aid could have made the difference.

“Thanks to St John Ambulance, Clare knew exactly what to do and used her skills to help others for most of her life.

“It’s a great achievement, we are honoured to have these medals back in our care and we will now set about displaying them in our headquarters as a reminder of the great and selfless work she carried out for others.”