Pete given award for first aid work

FIRST CLASS: Pete Hartshorn receives the cup from county president Shirley Shaw.
FIRST CLASS: Pete Hartshorn receives the cup from county president Shirley Shaw.

A MATLOCK man who has given more than 20 years of voluntary service to a first aid charity has been awarded the organisation’s prestigious Millennium Cup in recognition of his outstanding work.

Pete Hartshorn, was given the accolade from the Derbyshire branch of St John Ambulance.

Pete joined the nation’s leading first aid charity in 1990 and has led the town’s unit since 2005. He is currently serving as divisional superintendent of both Matlock and Bakewell.

He has provided first aid cover at events from garden fetes and motorcycle scrambles to major music festivals and emergency support during December’s severe weather.

A highlight of the year is Matlock Bath Illuminations – and since 2007, as part of Matlock Bath Boat Builders’ Association, he has entered a St John Ambulance boat in the festival, winning first prize three out of four years.

A police officer for 30 years, Pete is a well known figure in the community. Not only has he helped with organisational matters, but has also gone out to schools and groups to teach first aid and promote the charity’s work.

He is currently putting together a county driver training programme, drawing on his role as a police driver and is leading a campaign to re-launch Bakewell Division – the first event is a free community first aid course at the St Johhn Hall in Dagnall Gardens on Tuesday, March 1, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Pete was presented with the Millennium Cup and certificate by county president Shirley Shaw during an awards evening last week at county headquarters in Chesterfield.

He said: “I had no idea I was going to receive this cup, it was a complete surprise. But it’s a tremendous honour and I feel proud to have achieved this recognition.

“I feel passionately about St John Ambulance. I really believe that no-one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it. The organisation does amazing work in that respect and I’m proud to be a part of it.”