Special Olympics support
Over 2,500 athletes at the 2009 Special
Olympics are competing safely thanks to the first aid support of St
John Ambulance and the British Red Cross.
Volunteers from the charities have so far
provided over 1,700 hours of support for the
week-long event in Leicester, treating over 360
casualties for things including nosebleeds, cuts and
broken bones. Only eight patients required further treatment and
were transported to hospital.
Steve Corry, St John Ambulance County Staff Officer (Operations)
and Event Control Officer said: 'We are pleased to be providing
support at this great event. All of our volunteers seem to be
enjoying themselves and have had the opportunity to see plenty of
the games as well as looking after casualties.'
We have over 80 volunteers on duty and they have been working extremely hard to make the event possible.
St John Ambulance County Staff Officer and Event Control Officer
The dedicated volunteers have been manning 21
sites all over Leicestershire at events from ten pin
bowling to sailing and have a first aid post at each event as
well as four ambulances.
Steve continued: 'We have over 80 volunteers aged from 14-63 on
duty between 8am and 10pm and they have been working extremely hard
to make the event possible.'