Cheese rollers keep volunteers busy
First aiders at one of the country's most
bizarre event – the annual cheese rolling competition at Cooper's
Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire - treated fewer injuries
than usual this year after persistent rain turned the event into a
St John Ambulance Gloucestershire
volunteers treated 33 people with four of those being
transported to hospital with knee injuries, a dislocated shoulder
and a casualty with a suspected back injury.
The remaining 29 patients were treated for
a variety of minor ailments. The number of casualties was much
lower than the 42 injured during last year’s event.
Twenty five first aiders, a doctor, nurse
and three ambulances were on hand to treat the injured which
included nine spectators.
Ann-Marie Hardy, Divisional Superintendent
from St John Ambulance’s Gloucester Central Division who
coordinated the first aid effort, said: 'Because it has been
raining virtually non stop, it was pretty much mud all the way so
people were just sliding down on their bottoms.
'This meant fewer serious injuries because
the ground was so soft. All in all, it was a quiet year.' she
The Cheese Roll is just one of the hundreds
of events in the Gloucestershire calendar that St John Ambulance
supplies first aiders to so events to go ahead safely.