News stories from March 2009

Top safety accreditation
St John Ambulance has been accredited by the SAFEcontractor scheme, a programme which recognises excellent standards of health and safety practise amongst UK companies and organisations.
SJA comments on head injuries
British actor Natasha Richardson has reportedly suffered a head injury while skiing. St John Ambulance's Medical Adviser, Dr Meng Aw-Yong, has been asked to give advice on what to look out for if someone you know and love hits their head.
Pupils speak out about first aid
Over 8 out of 10 school children believe the public would think more positively of young people if they knew they were first aid trained, according to a survey released today by St John Ambulance.
Lunch hour lifesaver
Lunch time took an unexpected turn for an off duty first aid trainer who found herself calling on her own skills to save a life outside a packed London tube station.
Schoolboy saves choking woman
Quickthinking St John Cadet Rhys Wareing sprung into action and saved a choking woman on his way to school.
Cheltenham Festival first aid
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St John Ambulance volunteers in Gloucestershire are set to race into action this week as the county hosts one of the premier equestrian festivals of the year.
Streets ahead for first aid
St John Ambulance has featured on the popular soap opera Coronation Street. Longstanding character Janice Battersby wants to become a nurse, so her boss has suggested she becomes her workplace's first aider by enrolling on a St John Ambulance course.
Actress Emily Blunt supports St John at film premiere
Actress Emily Blunt lent her support to raise awareness of the importance of first aid when she attended The Young Victoria film premiere in the Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday night in aid of St John Ambulance.
30 casualties treated by volunteers at half marathon
St John Ambulance members were kept busy at the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon by providing first aid to competitors around the course. Overall, 30 people required the help of the volunteers who gave up their Sunday to attend to the runners medical needs.