Noel Hill’s legacy to Spalding St John Ambulance

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Noel Hill (third from left in front row) at his retirement presentation. Photo: SG151214-201TW

Former Spalding unit manager Noel Hill sadly passed away unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack in March last year, aged 67, not long after retiring from St John Ambulance in December 2014.

He had been manager of the Spalding unit since 1998 but actually joined St John Ambulance in 1960, being made a Serving Brother in 1997. This newspaper covered Noel’s retirement presentation (pictured below).

Noel’s friends, family and colleagues recently joined in a special presentation evening in memory of Noel.

The evening was held to present a 50 years’ service award to Noel’s family and for the unit to receive funds to buy a defibrillator, raised with donations made in Noel’s memory at his funeral.

Peter Howie, St John Ambulance district manager, Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire, paid tribute to Noel.

He said: “After such a long and dedicated service, the evening was a fitting recognition and to be able to buy a defibrillator for the unit is a wonderful legacy.”

The charity launched a nationwide fundraising appeal, Donate for Defibs, last November and a number of defibrillators will be delivered to St John Ambulance units throughout the country over the coming months.

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by ten per cent every minute without first aid. But, with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of a defibrillator within three minutes, their chance of survival could be as high as 70 per cent.