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volunteers on duty at wimbledon

Whether heatstroke or hypothermia are the threat at this year’s Wimbledon, fans at SW19 will be in good hands – thanks to St John Ambulance.

Some 50 members of St John Ambulance in London, including doctors, nurses and an ambulance will be on site each day throughout the action, responsible for treating or assisting spectators and staff.

In 2008, the organisation’s dedicated first aid volunteers treated over 1200 people, and anticipate treating as many as 70 on a typical day of the tournament.

The charity, which provides event first aid cover and delivers first aid training throughout London, has been supporting Wimbledon for many years.

We have a strong relationship with the event organisers and are proud to have the association as the tournament’s preferred first aid body

Dave Bell
Assistant Commissioner Operations, St John Ambulance London

Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner (Operations), 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 aid body.’

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 water with you at all times. Queuing at events such as Wimbledon can be a lengthy process.
  • 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.
  • Wear a hat - This will provide extra protection against the sun.