Volunteers saddle up for busy weekend
St John Ambulance volunteers in
Gloucestershire are saddling up for one of their busiest
weekends of the year as they prepare to provide first aid
cover at the Cheltenham
Up to 20 first aiders and one ambulance crew will be on standby
this weekend (Friday 14 Novermber - Sunday 16 November) at the
popular fixture in the horse racing calendar ready to race to the
rescue of injured jockeys and visitors.
The volunteers will be on duty every day of the
three-day event. An ambulance crew will also be
available on the racecourse between 7am and 9am each morning in
case any jockeys are injured during the early morning
We will deal with all sorts of injuries from caterers cutting their fingers to visitors with headaches or chest pains
Operational Services Manager, St John Ambulance Gloucestershire
Andy Cumming, St John Ambulance Gloucestershire’s Operational
Services Manager, said the duty was always a busy time for
volunteers as more than 20,000 racegoers flock to the county on a
daily basis during The Open.
He said: 'It is the second busiest event of the year for St
John Ambulance after the Cheltenham Festival. We will deal with all
sorts of injuries from caterers cutting their fingers to visitors
with headaches or chest pains.
'Volunteers and first aid posts are spread around the racecourse
so we are able to offer a quick response to any emergency – we
never know what is going to happen so we have to be prepared for
The Cheltenham Open is one of the hundreds of public
duties that St John Ambulance provides first aiders and
ambulances to in the county every year.