Call made for more volunteers to train as life savers

June 30 2015

MORE first aiders are needed by St John Ambulance in Chipping Sodbury and Yate to help support its life saving work.

MORE first aiders are needed by St John Ambulance in Chipping Sodbury and Yate to help support its life saving work.
The organisation’s volunteers provide first aid in the community at a variety of events, as well as working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.
Justin Blackett, the local volunteer manager, said: “No-one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.
“We teach people first aid so they can be the difference between life and death and we’re looking for more people in our area to help us do this.
“No previous training is required - it will all be provided. We just look for a desire to help people and the readiness to deal with situations that can be distressing.”
Mr Blackett said the first aiders were trained to a high standard to provide treatment to patients at events such as concerts and sports fixtures, including those at local, regional and national levels.
At some of those events, volunteers have found Yate-based Chris Hares taking part to raise money for St John Ambulance.
Chris, an operations director for a marketing services provider, set himself a target to complete 20 competitive events and raise £2,000 for the charity after being diagnosed with a medical condition five years ago.
Anyone who wants to support him can get information at www.c2015.uk while anyone who wants to become a first aider should visit www.sja.org.uk or call 08700 104950.