Secret of Order of St John

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Medical charity The Order of St John, is sometimes referred to as Scotland’s best kept secret, but the local branch chairman wants to share the secret with as many people as possible.

Chair of the South East Scotland branch of St John, Alasdair Hutton, said: “Although the Order has been doing medical work for centuries, many people in Scotland are completely unaware of it and what it does.”

“Its work is not secret or mysterious but to help people to see more of what St John does we will be holding an open evening on Thursday, November 27, in St Mary’s School in Melrose starting at 7pm.”

Volunteers and those who have been helped by the charity will be on hand to explain what it does and how they have been helped.

The Order of St John raises money for other charities associated with health and quality of life - Borders Talking Newspaper, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Berwickshire Wheels and the Margaret Kerr Hospice at the BGH.

“St John runs ambulances south of the Border but by a more than a century old agreement it cannot operate them in Scotland so people do not see us in action much and so do not realise we are there helping in the background,” explained Alasdair.

The Order of St John was founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century and still runs an eye hospital in Jerusalem, with satellite clinics in Gaza, Hebron and Anabta, and a mobile team which travels across the West Bank, treating patients, regardless of race or religion.

To contact Alasdair Hutton call 01573 224369, 07753 625734, or