St John needs volunteers

THE Wadhurst division of St John Ambulance is a small, friendly group of volunteers who are looking for new members to join them.

I run the division which is part of the nation’s leading first aid charity.

We meet every Thursday evening from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at Wadhurst fire station.

The main focus of our meetings is first aid training as our ultimate goal at St John Ambulance is to ensure that no-one dies unnecessarily because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

Our research shows that up to 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid might have saved them.

That’s a shocking statistic but it’s hardly surprising when two out of three people say they wouldn’t know what to do in a medical emergency.

We’re determined to do something about these appalling figures by making sure as many people as possible learn the basic skills needed to save someone’s life.

Our volunteers learn how to cope with common medical emergencies such as choking, severe bleeding, a cardiac arrest and an unconscious casualty. You don’t need any previous first aid experience or medical knowledge to join us.

Members of the Wadhurst division spend hundreds of hours each year providing first aid cover at public events ranging from local village fetes and fireworks displays to major events such as the London and Brighton marathons and Pride.

As a St John Ambulance member we’ll expect you to learn basic first aid but you won’t have to be a frontline first aider if that doesn’t appeal to you.

There are many other ways you can support our group – by fundraising, for example, taking on some of the admin work or helping with the training and development of our younger members.

There’s a strong social side to St John Ambulance membership and we organise social evenings throughout the year besides our weekly meetings.

It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and do something completely different.

So why not make it your New Year resolution to join us?

You can be sure of making new friends and we’ll give you the confidence to know that, if you’re ever faced with a life or death emergency, you’ll have the skills needed to be the difference!

Please call me on 01580 200378 if you’d like to become a member or if you just want to have a chat about what’s involved in volunteering for St John Ambulance.

Margery Masters

Wadhurst St John Ambulance Divisional Superintendent