Wimbledon spectators court out by heat
Whether its sunburn or excess strawberry
consumption, the players and fans at SW19 are in good hands at
this years' Wimbledon tournament – thanks to St John
Some 40 members of St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's)
District will be on site each day throughout the action,
responsible for treating or assisting both spectators and
In one day this week the team treated 40 people, and
anticipate treating as many as 70 on a typical day of the
The charity has been supporting Wimbledon for many years, and
Mike Gibbons, Officer In Charge for St John Ambulance London
District at Wimbledon, said: 'This particular event is one of the
many high-profile operations which St John Ambulance deliver every
week throughout London.
'We have a strong relationship with the event organisers and are
proud to have the association as the tournament's preferred first
St John Ambulance has advised spectators to prepare well for
their attendance at this year's Wimbledon, and to remain aware of
first aid points – just in case an emergency should arise.
The organisation's top tips include:
- Stay hydrated – if the weather is hot, ensure you have drink
with you at all times. Queuing at events such as Wimbledon can be a
- If you do take medication, make sure you bring it with you
- Protect yourself from the sun – It's easy to get caught up in
the excitement of the event and neglect the risk from sunburn and
sunstroke. Cover yourself up and use a good sunblock
- Prepare for the cold – It's a fact that Wimbledon often brings
less than perfect weather, so be prepared for the cold and rain.
Take extra layers to ensure you stay warm and dry
- Keep in contact – Big crowds enhance the risk of losing your
nearest and dearest – particularly if one of you requires emergency
- A mobile phone is always a good resource……but please make sure
it's switched off during play!!