Stone’s St John Ambulance unit has issued an urgent appeal for people to get involved in their vital work.
Young people from the age of seven can join as cadets, and adults are also being urged to find out more and get involved too.
Ellis Nevitt from the Stone unit has sent this information…
At events across the country, from football matches and music shows to village fetes and local parades, St John Ambulance will be there, on hand to give any vital aid when it is needed.
Most people who go to these events will know of times when that quick response was needed. What many take for granted, and what some don’t even realise, is that the paramedics on-hand to treat you, free of charge, are all voluntary. You might have been there when someone fell, or the parent of a child that was hurt. You may even have been the person that was having a bandage placed around their leg, wincing every few seconds.
St John Ambulance train people from the age of only seven; the people that you see on the front line may have been committed since then. The cadets and adults unit of Stone consists of only 10 people altogether, with five cadets. Stone, being the main town for a lot of surrounding villages, has many events for the cadet branch to be responsible first aiders for. But with busy adult members, cadets off to university and training not yet finished, there are a lot of fall-backs when looking for members of the branch to carry out some duties.
Stoke and Stafford have branches with sufficient people to cover all of the events that they do, but Stone is in need of urgent help.
So, for all those people that have been treated by the organisation, for all the people who take their work for granted, for all the people who want to learn first aid and make a difference – why not come along and give it a try?