Royal Ascot

Horses at Royal Ascot

Members of St John Ambulance Berkshire are in the middle of their busiest week of the year taking care of the medical needs of race goers and jockeys at Royal Ascot.

The Uk's leading first aid charity provide around 30 first aiders, nurses and ambulance technicians for each of the five days of the high profile race meeting along with emergency response ambulances and a vehicle dedicated to the racetrack itself.

Each of the members who attend Royal Ascot is a volunteer, most of whom have taken holiday from their regular paid jobs in order to represent St John. Their duties at the event include providing first aid treatment to guests in The Royal Enclosure and looking after injured jockeys.

The atmosphere around the course during Royal Ascot is fantastic and the camaraderie between all the volunteers is always very special.

Eddi Newick
St John Ambulance Nurse

Eddi Newick, a nurse with St John Ambulance has been going along to Royal week at Ascot for 10 years and says it is one of the highlights in the St John calendar. 'Although we are obviously at Ascot to work, we also have a great time ourselves. The atmosphere around the course during Royal Ascot is fantastic and the camaraderie between all the volunteers is always very special. It was my Birthday on the second day of the meeting and I wouldn't have spent it anywhere else.'

Each day St John members can treat up to 50 people at Royal Ascot for a variety of ailments and injuries. Hundreds of plasters are given out over the course of the five days to guests (not just ladies) with blisters caused by new shoes and often those visiting the various first aid posts are suffering the effects of too much alcohol.

Eddi continues, 'Come Saturday we are all really tired as we have five very long days, so are glad when the week draws to an end, but there is always some sadness that Royal Ascot is over for another year.'