Grand National first aid support

Horses at Royal Ascot

More than 200 St John volunteers were on hand recently at the worlds biggest and most watched horse racing event, the Grand National, at Aintree.

Watched by approximately 600 million people worldwide, volunteers were on duty throughout the full three-day event, providing cover to the 150,000 or race-goers

Supported by the British Red Cross first aiders treated over 200 injuries ranging from headaches and blisters to more serious heart conditions and asthma attacks. The team on Grand National day consisted of 150 first aid trained personnel, five doctors, four paramedics, eitht nurses, five ambulances and three first aid posts.

'Our volunteers have all done a great job to keep the members of the public safe and well.

Simon Galley
St John Ambulance Merseyside Duty Commander and Commissioner Operations

Simon Galley, Duty Commander and Commissioner Operations for St John Ambulance Merseyside commented: 'Our volunteers have all done a great job to keep the members of the public safe and well. This is a great event to be involved in and one we have supported for many years now.

All of our members here, from doctors to first aid staff should be very proud of their hard work.'