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St John Ambulance in England (and the Islands) is the country’s leading first aid training organisation and first aid provider. It is also one of the largest youth movements.

We have over 23,000 adult members and nearly 20,000 young members who can be seen in their distinctive uniforms helping the public throughout the country on a daily basis.

We train some 575,000 people each year in first aid and health and Safety and provide treatment and care to some 125,000 patients on an annual basis (many of whom are in life-threatening situations). We have over 1,000 ambulance and support vehicles and regularly provide a support service to the NHS Ambulance Trusts.

Significant events in our recent history include:

  • Students practising resuscitation2008 Duke of Gloucester attends the St John’s Day Service at St Paul’s cathedral
  • 2007 St John Ambulance adopts its new Corporate Identity
  • 2006 St John Ambulance youth Cadets invited to present 80th Birthday cards to HM The Queen
  • 2005 St John Ambulance provides support to the NHS responding to the London bombings
  • 2004 St John Ambulance provides assists at Boscastle in Cornwall following unprecedented flash floods
  • 2003 St John Ambulance provides first aid to the Robbie Williams concert at Knebworth
  • 2002 St John Ambulance takes part in HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee
  • 2001 St John Ambulance moves to new Headquarters adjacent to St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell London
  • 2000 Fusion 2000 – First National Youth Conference held in Sheffield
  • 1999 St John Ambulance incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Significant events in the second half of the 20th Century include:

  • 1990 – 1999 St John Ambulance celebrates 90 years of caring
  • 1980 – 1989 St John Ambulance Museum opened in 1984 (HRH the Duchess of Gloucester). First London Marathon in 1981 (members cover the whole route)
  • 1970 – 1979 St John Ambulance takes part in HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1978
  • 1960 – 1969 State funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 (4,000 members on duty)
  • 1950 – 1959 The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 (7,000 members on duty).

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