Busy Wimbledon for volunteers
Following a fortnight of intense and unpredictable weather
conditions, St John Ambulance has had one of their busiest
Wimbledon deployments in the history of providing first
aid at this world-class event.
Over the last two weeks around 250 volunteers
gave up their own time to staff the Championships, treating
over 1,900 casualties.
But unlike the erratic weather, the steadfast members of St John
Ambulance were well prepared to deal with the unusually high demand
of incidents, with around 50 volunteers, including doctors, nurses
and an emergency response vehicle on site each day of the
It has been an exceptionally busy two weeks for St John Ambulance volunteers based at Wimbledon, with a significant number of spectators suffering from the effects of this impromptu heatwave.
Officer in Charge, St John Ambulance Wimbledon Operation
Darron Hazelby, officer-in-charge of St John Ambulance’s
Wimbledon operation, said: ‘It has been an exceptionally busy two
weeks for St John Ambulance volunteers based at Wimbledon, with a
significant number of spectators suffering from the effects of this
‘I am incredibly proud of the many members who have dedicated
their own time, and in some cases taking leave from their paid
jobs, to support the vast amount of visitors who have turned out to
enjoy the tournament.
He continued: 'Although we saw many heat related casualties as a
result of the hot weather, the spectators did appear to heed our
advice, which included covering up from the sun and staying
hydrated throughout the day. We now urge people to continue
to follow this advice throughout the summer.’