Inspirational couple put life saving before love, even on Valentines Day!

Mark and Julie Deer

An inspiring couple, who have been St John Ambulance volunteers for more than 20 years, also help to save lives and be the difference in their community by volunteering as Community First Responders. Mark and Julie Deer are hoping to celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic meal; however they are always prepared to take quick action in case an emergency arises by responding to calls received by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

At home they cover villages to the north of Ipswich and average nearly two emergency callouts every day. While at work for Suffolk County Council, Mark is on call covering Ipswich town centre, while Julie, who works for Anglian Water, covers the Stutton and Holbrook areas.

Providing essential first aid support

Despite the fact that their plans are frequently disrupted, they never complain and have now been proudly volunteering as CFRs for 10 years. The couple will often head out in the middle of the night together, supporting each other at emergency life or death situations.

Julie said: ‘Responding together just offers that extra support and we don't have the safety concerns you would if you went out at night on your own. Valentine's Day is as good a time as any to volunteer as a couple; you can do some amazing things together and actually save lives.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities with St John Ambulance in your community, check out our volunteering page or email volunteering@sja.org.uk for further information.

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