BASICS Devon volunteer immediate care doctors were awarded their Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Officer Will Warrender at iconic Devon beach, Mothecombe.
The volunteer doctors finally got an evening together to celebrate their medal and coin, ending their presentation with an idyllic team sea swim.
Medals have been awarded to serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and Armed Forces with five years’ service as part of the commemorations that took place in June.
The BASICS Devon team have some members that have been volunteer responding for 30 years and this is a special moment to celebrate as part of BASICS Devon 30th Anniversary.
The medal acts as a token of the nation’s thanks to those who diligently serve the public.
The medal, which is made of nickel silver, features an image of The Queen with the Latin inscription ‘Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def’ which stands for ‘Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith’.
Dr Marc Epps commented, 'I am delighted BASICS scheme members are being recognised and am honoured to receive a medal.’
This year has been an opportunity for people to come together and for individuals to be recognised for their contributions to the communities they serve and to keeping people safe.
Since January our doctors have attended 241 callouts, 67 of which were at night, and they arrived first on the scene at 40% of them. With help we will be able to continue our mission to provide specialist prehospital medical care, especially reaching those that are vulnerable and isolated and supporting our local ambulance service when they need us most in one of the most rural counties in the country, find out more at www.basics-devon.org.uk.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal information taken from the following reference https://www.gov.uk/government/news/platinum-jubilee-medal-revealed
About BASICS Devon
• BASICS Devon is a network of 14 emergency volunteer doctors providing immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident or illness. Making themselves available around the clock throughout the year, responding to incidents at the request of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The charity relies solely on donations.
• BASICS Devon doctors aim to provide a fast response to incidents in rural areas and use their extensive skills to support patient care.
• For further information, to donate or get involved please visit: www.basics-devon.org.uk
For further information please contact Amie Bull, Fundraising Manager email@example.com T: 01752 936299 or visit: www.basics-devon.org.uk