St John Ambulance collecting in Peacehaven this weekend

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SUSSEX St John Ambulance volunteers will be on hand at Peacehaven’s Meridian Centre this Saturday (March 12) hoping to persuade shoppers to splash their cash on the priceless gift of life.

All money raised during the day long collection will be used to support the vital work of the charity’s local Seahaven division.

The division’s 20 adult members and 15 cadets give up their free time to provide first aid cover at around 30 local public events in the local community each year.

Their work is unpaid and involves treating casualties suffering from all kinds of medical problems ranging from cut fingers to cardiac arrests.

Simon Hepworth, who runs the division, explained: “Our volunteers never know when they’ll be confronted with a life or death emergency but their first aid training means they’re ready to deal with anything.

“It’s a tragic fact that 150,000 people a year die needlessly in situations where first aid may have saved them.

“The skills of St John Ambulance volunteers are often the difference between a life lost and a life saved which is why we’re urging local people to give us all the support they can.”

St John Ambulance receives no core Government funding and is not part of the NHS so relies heavily on public donations to continue its work.

Funds raised at Saturday’s collection will be used to cover the Seahaven division’s running costs which include training, equipment and uniforms for local volunteers.

The division is always on the look-out for new members.

It is a young, dynamic division with its cadet unit (members aged ten to 17) and a ten strong group of 18 to 25-year-olds.

There are also plans to set up a new badger section of five to ten-year-olds.

Younger members get involved in a wide range of educational and fun activities, learning many new skills including first aid.

Adult members may choose to be frontline first aiders or they can opt for other voluntary activities such as fundraising or providing admin support.

Anyone interested in finding out more about getting involved should contact Simon on 07534 257034 or email simon.hepworth@seahaven.sja.org.uk