St John Ambulance’s pop-up training centre receives royal visit

HRH Duke of Gloucester watches a first aid demo at Runcorn Shopping Centre

On 1 April, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester visited our pop-up training centre in Runcorn Shopping Centre to participate in a number of activities put on by St John Ambulance. The Duke leads the charity worldwide as The Grand Prior.

The afternoon marked the final day for our pop-up training centre, which opened in October 2014 in a formerly empty unit. On Tuesdays and Thursdays every week since then, our volunteers have been passing on their vital first aid knowledge to thousands of shoppers.

During the afternoon the Duke watched first aid training being given to students from Riverside College and Hallwood Park School. There were also public first aid demonstrations in the main area of the shopping centre. All sessions were delivered by our regional trainers.

The Duke presented six Grand Prior Awards to Cadets from our North West region. The Cadets rewarded for their efforts were Rebecca Whalley, Alexander Smith, Jack Broderick, Sophie Ward, Gina Hill and Laura Laffey. All six have achieved the highest award possible for a St John Ambulance Cadet.

'The difference between a life lost and a life saved'

Graham Ellis, Training and Community Project manager for St John Ambulance in the North West, said: 'It was a great afternoon and we were delighted to have had the chance to show the Duke the work of our excellent trainers especially with local young people. I'd like to thank all the volunteers and trainers who made the afternoon such a success and showed what a superb team we have here in the region.

‘The royal visit was a fitting end for our training centre here and we're looking forward to opening similar centres around the North West in the coming year to continue our mission of teaching as many people as possible to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.'

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