Cheese rollers keep volunteers busy
First aiders at one of the country's most bizarre
events – the annual cheese rolling competition at Cooper's
Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire - saw a 50%
increase in injuries compared to last year with the muggy
weather turning the ground into a virtual trampoline.
St John Ambulance Gloucestershire volunteers treated 58
people with 11 of those being transported to hospital with
head injuries, dislocated shoulders and four suspected spinal
The remaining 47 patients were treated for a variety of minor
ailments including fractures to the hands and wrists, knee injuries
and fainting. The number of casualties was much higher than the 33
injured during last year’s event.
Forty first aiders and two ambulances were on hand to treat the
injured which included 19 spectators.
The ground was like a trampoline with people bouncing all the way down the hill, unfortunately meaning a very high number of injuries
St John Ambulance Divisional Superintendent
Ann-Marie Hardy, Divisional Superintendent from St John
Ambulance’s Gloucester Central Division who coordinated the first
aid effort and has been at every Cheese Roll for over 20 years,
said: 'St John Ambulance has been covering the Cheese Roll for over
20 years and it's been the busiest one we've attended in that time.
We not only treated 58 people but the unofficial number for
spectators is around 10,000.
'The ground was like a trampoline with people bouncing all the
way down the hill, unfortunately meaning a very high number of
injuries. This included dislocated shoulders, suspected spinal
injuries, fractures and head injuries. The muggy weather had
an adverse effect on the crowd as large numbers were fainting in
The Cheese Roll is just one of thousands of events throughout
the year that St John Ambulance supplies first aiders to so events
to go ahead safely.