Volunteers from Lutterworth ‘could help to save lives’

St John Ambulance volunteers play a crucial role
St John Ambulance volunteers play a crucial role

Volunteers are needed to come forward and help save lives by joining St John Ambulance and training as a first aider.

The leading first aid charity is calling for people to join as volunteers and learn valuable skills that could be the difference between life and death for people around them.

Many of the adult volunteers have been with the unit for many years, including Lutterworth Unit Leader, Lee Cross, who has been with the organisation and given 16 years service.

He joined because he wanted to learn first aid so that he would have the ability to help others.

Lee said: “I think people should join St John as it is a way of giving something back as well as potentially saving lives.

“It gives people a chance to get out and help in the local community. We work at a number of local events and it is nice to know you are there and can possibly make a difference to somebody’s life with the knowledge you have gained from St John Ambulance.”

Volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.

There are a number of ways people can get involved whatever their age with adults, cadets (10 to 17 years) and Badgers (five and 10 years), but it is hoped that more adult first aid volunteers may join.

Pam Wood, district manager for St John Ambulance in the region, said: ‘As a volunteer you can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. If you’re 18 or over, energetic and committed to putting others first, volunteering as a first aider for St John Ambulance might be for you.”

For more information on volunteering please call 08700 10 49 50.