New unit for St John Ambulance

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 17, 2014


VITAL life-saving skills will be taught to a new group of Isle of Wight first aid volunteers.

St John Ambulance is establishing a new unit in Ryde to complement their existing group in Newport.

Area manager Michael Hine said: "Demand for first aiders is strong across the Island and we believe there are many more people living on the Isle of Wight who would be interested in learning to save lives and to volunteer for St John Ambulance."

He said that first aiders can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost.

St John Ambulance provides first aid cover at events. Last year, they covered the Rugby Festival, Cowes Week fireworks display, Walk the Wight and the Isle of Wight County Show.

Last year, St John Ambulance volunteers based on the Island carried out over 6,500 hours of voluntary service.

The group is also appealing for younger members, for their Cadet (11 to 16 years old) and Badger (five to ten years old) units.

Anyone wishing to get involved should contact the service on 01983 822794 or e-mail

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