SARS – are amazing

Dr Andy Mason spent 40 years attending serious accidents and emergencies as a Suffolk Accident and Rescue (SARS) Doctor.

 Dr Andy Mason’s achievements include:

  • British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) National Photographic Award (4 times)
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (for services to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service) (2002)
  • BASICS Award (for services to Immediate Care medicine) (2004)
  • Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer’s Certificate of Merit (2007)
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (for services to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service) (2012)
  • BASICS Åsmund S Lærdal Award (for outstanding services to Immediate Care) (2012)
  • Suffolk High Sherriff’s Awards: Suffolk Volunteer of the Year – Runner-up (2013)
  • Suffolk High Sherriff’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2013-14 – Winner (2014)
  • East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Chief Officer Commendation (2014)
  • The Stars of Suffolk Awards 2014: Unsung Hero – Winner (2014)

Now that Andy is retired, music is his main interest and he sings bass/baritone parts with a secular choir in Bury called VOCA. He has also written a number of new hymns with a friend called Lee Merritt (see

The hymns are all up on his MuseScore website, but his favourite is probably the one he wrote for youth choirs at .

Proving beyond doubt Andy’s extensive repertoire in music, below is an image of Andy performing as Elvis Presley with The Travelling Raspberries at the Bury Corn Exchange

To find out more about SARS as an emergency medical charity founded in 1972 – click here

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To learn about the amazing work that Dr Andy Mason has performed – click here


Young citizen of the year 2018

Chloe Hunter named Young Citizen of the Year at 2018 St Edmund’s Day Awards

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Chloe Hunter – aged 16 who lives in Bury St Edmunds commutes to sixth form college at Beyton .

Chloe is a Carer with Suffolk Family Carers and as a carer, Chloe’s day usually starts at 5.00am and like many Carers, Chloe survives on little more than 4 hours sleep a night.

Chloe is a second Mum to her younger brother Jonathan aged 13 who has spastic cerebral palsy and is deaf and has severe disabilities on the right side of his body.

Chloe was also completely deaf until she was five but now speaks four languages fluently – as well as sign language; is taking 4 A levels at Beyton Sixth Form College; teaches Chemistry to younger students as well as being a youth church leader and volunteering at a local care home !

Not surprisingly Chloe was nominated (by Garrie Parker) and awarded Young Citizen of the Year at this years annual St Edmund’s Day Awards.

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