St. Cuthbert’s Church Brunswick

Parish of Christ the King

Diocese of Newcastle


19 February 2016

Just before Christmas the Rev Mark Edwards MBE, Vicar of St Matthew's Dinnington and St Cuthbert's Brunswick Village, was delighted to receive the news that the Department of Health, Whitehall, London had approved him being awarded the 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal’ (retrospectively for services rendered as an Emergency service Volunteer 2003 -2008  2010 - current ).  

The Rev Mark Edwards MBE served with Duddon Inshore Rescue, an independent life boat organisation in his previous Diocese in Cumbria from 2003 to 2008. His former Station officer Ian Standing from Askam in Furness said “Mark served with the Life boat for 5 years; he held the rank of Assistant station officer prior to him leaving the organisation to move to Newcastle. During that time he served with distinction, and was a valued member of the crew assisting in many rescues.

 I am delighted that he has been awarded the 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal’”  he added  ”I was only too happy to support North East Ambulance Community First responders Scheme in securing it for him.”  (Community first responders are often the first person on scene able to provide basic life support prior to the paramedic arriving).

Mark, former Chaplain to Northumbria Police, who was named in the Queen's New Year honours 2010 said “I am pleased to receive the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal it's a privilege to be able to give something back to my community not just as a Vicar but also as a volunteer Medic.“


Rev Mark Edwards MBE awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal