Actress Emily Blunt supports St John
Ambulance at premiere of her new film
'The Young Victoria’
Actress Emily Blunt lent her support to
raise awareness of the importance of first aid when she attended
The Young Victoria film premiere in the Odeon
Leicester Square on Tuesday night in aid of St John Ambulance.
A life saved
She said: 'I'm delighted to help raise
awareness of St John Ambulance. Since being set up during Queen
Victoria's reign, they’ve worked tirelessly to
ensure everyone has access to first aid treatment. Their 43,000
volunteers are committed to training, caring and saving lives at
events across the country, and the work they do in supporting the
emergency services at times of crisis is invaluable. As the
nation’s leading first aid charity, we should all be proud
to support St John Ambulance.’
The actress met Richard Coleman a volunteer
first aider for St John Ambulance who helped save the life of
14-year-old Chris Stewart, two years ago after a
horrific car accident. Richard, who coordinated the rescue worked
with the other volunteers to hold Chris's head in
position for 90 minutes while he was cut from the car. Chris
suffered an internal decapitation, where his skull
had been wrenched from his spine, and only five people in the world
have ever survived from this condition. The first aid care he’d
received from the St John Ambulance crew prevented him from
suffering any permanent spinal damage.
Richard said: 'Coming to the film premiere and meeting
Emily Blunt has been a great experience.
But there's no greater reward than knowing
that Chris is now leading a healthy, active life.'
St John Ambulance has a long association with
Queen Victoria as it was in 1888 that the Queen
herself granted the Order of St John a Royal Charter in recognition
of its pioneering first aid work and the establishment of St John
Ambulance. The charity shares funds raised at the premiere
with Children in Crisis.
Victoria will be on general release from the 6 March.