Fundraisers needed for St John charity

St John Ambulance volunteers EMN-140206-152737001

St John Ambulance volunteers EMN-140206-152737001

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St John Ambulance is looking for inspirational and enthusiastic fundraising volunteers to spearhead projects in Eastbourne.

The charity has launched a new role within the organisation which means volunteers do not need to use a first aid kit.

The new community fundraiser role enables more people to get involved and support the charity.

St John Ambulance is a national charity and relies on donations.

As the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that nobody should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

St John Ambulance teaches people life saving skills, delivers first aid and campaign to raise awareness of the importance of first aid.

Saricka March, regional fundraising coordinator for St John Ambulance, is leading the search for a community fundraiser.

She told the Gazette, “Many people assume the only positions within St John Ambulance are as first aiders; however, we have much more to offer.

“There are other support roles available too and, in particular, we’re looking for enthusiastic and committed people to become community fundraisers and deliver fundraising events and activities in their local community.

“They can do this alone, or join one of our new fundraising groups, or they can become one of our new fundraising team leaders, heading up a group in the local area.

“This is a great role for someone wanting experience in the fundraising sector.”

Volunteering as a community champion for Eastbourne’s St John’s Ambulance branch is a great way to meet new people, according to Saricka.

She said, “Volunteering with St John Ambulance is highly rewarding and you’ll also get to work side by side with inspirational people, from all walks of life, and with all kinds of expertise and experience.”

For more information on this role please contact Saricka March on 07875 967176 or email to saricka.march@sja.org.uk.

The St John Ambulance Brigade was formed in 1887, but its history goes all the way back to 11th century Jerusalem, where the first knights of St John set up a hospital to care for sick pilgrims.

The eight-pointed cross on the volunteers’ uniform is the symbol worn by those knights who provided free medical care in that first hospital in Jerusalem.

•For more information about the work of St John Ambulance visit the website at www.sja.org.uk

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