Volunteers on ice

Snow support

St John Ambulance answered emergency calls for help last night (Monday 21 December 2009) by providing ambulances and volunteers to help the NHS.

Volunteers worked through the night in deep snow and ice at Basingstoke and Alton to help those stranded.

The charity was asked by police to take a supply of blankets by blue light ambulance to rest centres in Basingstoke and Alton.

One crew was asked to check a group of five children at a rest centre in Basingstoke, while another volunteer was asked to take an 80-year-old woman from Alton to her home in Four Marks.

We were happy to help and I am so proud of our members who gave up their time on a freezing cold night to help people stranded by the weather.

Pat Morris
Commander, St John Ambulance Hampshire

Pat Morris, Commander of St John Ambulance Hampshire, said: ‘We have a modern fleet of ambulances and highly trained members.

‘We were happy to help and I am so proud of our members who gave up their time on a freezing cold night to help people stranded by the weather.

‘As well as the excellent crews on the road, we had a team of people manning the phones and organising our response.’

St John Ambulance Hampshire was called in last winter to help colleagues from SCAS and earlier this year it loaned 4x4 ambulances to the NHS in snow-bound Oxfordshire.