Winter support continues
St John Ambulance has been
supporting local communities around the country
since Thursday 17 December because of the adverse conditions.
In the last 24 hours four rest
centres were set up in Basingstoke and Alton in Hampshire
for people snowed out of their homes, with St John Ambulance
providing blankets and transporting
people home where possible.
The charity has also been supporting
ambulance services, with ambulances and crew in London, the home
counties and areas as far north as South Yorkshire.
It’s a pleasure to assist all concerned – it’s why we volunteer.
St John Ambulance volunteer, South Yorkshire
Volunteers making a difference
Rayne Sutcliffe, a St John Ambulance volunteer from South
Yorkshire, said: ‘We’ve been doing 10 and 12 hour
shifts over the last few days picking up and taking
patients home in 4x4 ambulances, where normal ambulances can’t get
'We have crew out all over Christmas and into the new year
including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve but
it’s a pleasure to assist all concerned – it’s why we
One crew in Hampshire was asked to check a group of five
children at a rest centre in Basingstoke, while another
volunteer was asked to take an 80-year-old woman to
her home once the worst of the snow had subsided.
Pride in the organisation
Pat Morris, Commander of St John Ambulance Hampshire, said: ‘We
have a modern fleet of ambulances and highly trained members.
‘We were happy to help and I am so proud of our members who
gave up their time on a freezing cold night to
help people stranded by the weather.
‘As well as the excellent crews on the road, we had a team of
people manning the phones and organising our response.’