Support for care home evacuees

Member driving ambulance

18 residents who were evacuated from The Hollies Care Home in Retford, Nottingham last week have now returned home with the help of St John Ambulance volunteers. 

The residents were moved after fears that a fire at neighbouring St Alban's Church on London Road would cause the building to collapse.

St John Ambulance moved residents back to The Hollies yesterday using two vehicles and five volunteers.

County Councillor Alan Rhodes, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: 'It's great news that these older people have returned home after what must have been quite a traumatic experience. I would once again like to praise everyone who was involved in the evacuation and thank St John Ambulance Service who have transported most of the residents back today.'

St John Ambulance County Commander, Steve Pimborough said: ‘This incident demonstrates the ability of our organisation to respond to any type of incident at a moments notice. The St John heroes of the hour have demonstrated to their community their true value, selflessness and professionalism by responding as they did’.