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St John Ambulance volunteers in Cumbria take delivery of new treatment centre

L-R: Gillian Troughton, Keith Hodson, Mark Aspin, Alan Cousins, Ian Cameron and Barry Kirkbride

[C]umbria based volunteers with St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, are celebrating taking delivery of a new mobile Treatment Centre.

The Cumbria mobile Treatment Centre is one of over 50 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme from October 2017 and throughout 2018.

The vehicles have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund to the Order of St John with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands.

The Cumbria vehicle will be put to use at events across the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.

Keith Hodgson, Provincial Grand Master at the Mark Master Masons in Cumberland & Westmorland, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support St John Ambulance and the life-saving work that they do.’

Natalie Miller, District Manager at St John Ambulance, said: ‘The donation of this vehicle is wonderful news for the county and will significantly help enhance patient care and contribute to more lives saved locally. We’re immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons in the Cumberland & Westmorland Province and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive use made by local St John Ambulance volunteers of the vehicle in the future as they continue the charity’s life saving mission.’

For more information about the Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund, please visit and For more information about St John Ambulance, please visit For more information about the Order of St John in England, please visit

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