Special Olympics support

Special Olympics 2009

Over 2,500 athletes at the 2009 Special Olympics are competing safely thanks to the first aid support of St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross.

Volunteers from the charities have so far provided over 1,700 hours of support for the week-long event in Leicester, treating over 360 casualties for things including nosebleeds, cuts and broken bones. Only eight patients required further treatment and were transported to hospital.

Steve Corry, St John Ambulance County Staff Officer (Operations) and Event Control Officer said: 'We are pleased to be providing support at this great event. All of our volunteers seem to be enjoying themselves and have had the opportunity to see plenty of the games as well as looking after casualties.'

We have over 80 volunteers on duty and they have been working extremely hard to make the event possible.

Steve Corry
St John Ambulance County Staff Officer and Event Control Officer

The dedicated volunteers have been manning 21 sites all over Leicestershire at events from ten pin bowling to sailing and have a first aid post at each event as well as four ambulances.

Steve continued: 'We have over 80 volunteers aged from 14-63 on duty between 8am and 10pm and they have been working extremely hard to make the event possible.'