Bunzl Healthcare donates brand new vehicle to St John Ambulance

19 October 2016

Bunzl vehicle launchWe have a brand new mobile first aid unit - the first of its kind in the charity's fleet - thanks to a generous donation from Bunzl Healthcare!

The custom-built £45k vehicle is already being used by volunteer first aiders at events across South West England and it will also be available to assist as an emergency response vehicle during disaster situation. In addition, it will also support our night services in city centres where we provide medical care to help reduce pressure on the NHS.

The first aid unit was unveiled at Bunzl Healthcare in Bristol, recently, and the company’s Sales and Marketing Director, Neil McDonald commented: ‘We were delighted to host the launch of the new vehicle and are very proud to support St John Ambulance.

‘The launch day included first aid training sessions by SJA for our depot staff, which fitted well within our own internal initiative ‘Making Healthcare Happen’.

‘Whether at work, at home, or in the street, first aid skills can literally be the difference between life or death; we were pleased to offer colleagues the opportunity to increase their knowledge.

‘The unit will be a great asset to the South West region, as it will increase the first aid support available at the areas major public and sporting events.’

The mobile first aid unit is a specialist triage clinic which is driven to events and emergencies so that ‘walking wounded’ can be treated on site. The vehicle also doubles up as transport for the charity’s volunteers and equipment.

And donating this essential vehicle is the latest way in which Bunzl has supported us, having previously backed our training programmes and awareness campaigns.

National Partnerships Manager at St John Ambulance, Anthony Davison, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Bunzl to make our communities safer – this vehicle is a brand new addition to our fleet which will make our delivery of first aid at major events more effective.

‘The generosity of Bunzl is hugely appreciated and we look forward to our continuing partnership with them.’

To find out how your company might support St John Ambulance please contact the National Partnerships Team on corporatepartnerships@sja.org.uk or call 020 7324 4163.