A VOLUNTEER for Hailsham St John Ambulance was guest of honour at the charity’s headquarters after he officially retired after years of dedicated service from when he was a teenager.
Charles Hudson, aged 77, who lives in Station Road, was lauded at the Hailsham division’s annual inspection in Summerheath Hall in Summerheath Road on March 26.
His retirement presentation was attended by Mary Rowe, president of Hailsham St John Ambulance’s adult unit, Margaret Skinner, president of Hailsham Cadets, and the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor.
Mr Hudson has given thousands of voluntary hours to his local community over the decades and has been involved in numerous life or death medical emergencies.
In the early years he was an ambulance driver, in the days when the charity provided the local ambulance service on behalf of the NHS.
In 1985 he was invested as a serving Brother of the Order of St John - the Order is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each recipient is approved by Her Majesty the Queen, its Sovereign Head.
In 1996 he was awarded the MBE for services to the local community of East Sussex.
Mr Hudson also became treasurer of Hailsham St John Ambulance Cadets in 1961 and he then served as the treasurer of the adult division until last year.