Dedicated GPs receive Diamond Jubilee medals

Dr Ben Chishick (Winchelsea), Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field, Dr Alan Pearce (Hailsham) and Dr Bruce Packham (Eastbourne)
Dr Ben Chishick (Winchelsea), Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field, Dr Alan Pearce (Hailsham) and Dr Bruce Packham (Eastbourne)

A HOST of local health workers have been celebrating after being given special awards by the Queen.

A trio of GPs were recently presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals for their work with a charity which provides emergency doctors and nurses to incidents across the county.

Ben Chiswick, Bruce Packham and Alan Pearce were all praised for their involvement with the British Association for Immediate Care, or BASICS as it is known. All three volunteered their services to a local branch of the charity called South East Coast Immediate Medical Care Scheme which supports land and air ambulances as well as offer expert advice and help at large events, such as the massive bonfire celebrations in nearby Lewes.

The doctors have all given at least five years to the service and we presented with their awards and a cheque for £10,000 towards the charity by the Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field.

Elsewhere local long-standing paramedic Dave Fletcher was on of just five ambulance staff across the UK to be given a Queen’s Ambulance Service Medalin this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Fletcher has been a paramedic for more than 36 years is among the first to receive the medal, with this being the first year it has been awarded.

He was nominated for his pioneering work around resuscitation at South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) which led to the introduction of a new technique being used which has in turn improved survival rates across the region.

An over the moon Mr Fletcher said, “To hear that my name had been announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List during the Jubilee year was an absolute delight.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to pass on my sincere thanks to everyone I’ve worked with at SECAmb.

“The real award and privilege for me of course, is to read report after report of the lives SECAmb staff have saved. SECAmb teams have saved and changed the lives of so many people. One can ask of no more from any career.”

A headmaster from nearby Seaford was also given an award – the British Empire Medal – for his years of support to charities, including St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Anthony Lees has been heavily involved with local good causes and was a volunteer, then a trustee of St Wilfrid’s before becoming chairman of the trustees, a role he held for nine years.

He is still a fundraiser for the charity and said, “I think I have a fairly privileged background and a job where I worked with children with special needs.

“I was in a position to volunteer to support charitable things in a way that means I could give something back and make a difference if I could.”