A long-standing St John Ambulance volunteer from High Wycombe was honoured with a British Empire Medal at the Tower of London.

Pat Halpin, a vital St John's volunteer for 50 years, began his journey with the national healthcare charity as a cadet.

The recognition comes for his considerable efforts as District Events Lead in London's Operation London Bridge.

A versatile asset, Halpin is a first-aid expert, ambulance crew member and trainer, focused on the capital.

His duties have spanned from managing responsibilities at Chelsea FC for half a decade to being a regular first-aid respondent at high-profile city events like the London Marathon, Notting Hill Carnival, and New Year’s Eve.

During the 12-day-long Operation London Bridge last year, Pat assumed the critical role of an on-ground manager, safeguarding lives and giving necessary aid.

Pat said: “This was a special moment in being recognised with this award, particularly at this iconic location.

"I have been fortunate to volunteer with many people over the years, some of these people have helped me develop as a person and become good friends.

"Although I was the recipient, this award is a reflection on all of us as St John Ambulance for the unique service we provide to the community.”