David Cameron breathes life into new unit
Conservative leader, Witney MP and local
resident, David Cameron MP, showed his support to St John
Ambulance by formally opening the brand new West
Oxfordshire unit in Witney last Friday (11 September).
Mr Cameron met local unit members, who
demonstrated first aid skills and took him on a tour of the unit.
An avid cyclist himself, David met one of the
charity's cycle responders and was particularly interested to
see how they delivered first aid on two wheels.
'First aid is vital'
First aid is vital. I've no doubt that if more people had first aid training we'd save more lives.
Conservative Leader and Witney MP
The new St John Ambulance unit will service
Witney and surrounding areas and will be used to deliver first aid
training for local residents as well as acting as a base for the
West Oxfordshire volunteers. The new unit takes the number of St
John Ambulance groups operating across the county to 16.
'First aid is vital. I've no doubt that if
more people had first aid training we'd save more lives,’ said
David speaking at the opening of the Unit.
‘It's very important that we have branches of
organisations like St John Ambulance all over the country and it's
great to be opening one here in Witney'
Meeting local needs
Unit leader Nick Speller said: ‘We are delighted that David
Cameron recognises the difference that St John Ambulance makes to
his constituency by joining us to celebrate the opening of our new
‘First aid saves lives and St John Ambulance’s volunteers
provide support at thousands of events each year from
Blenheim Palace to the Cornbury Festival. We also support
the emergency services in times of crisis; during the summer floods of 2007 our volunteers worked
tirelessly to help the communities in Witney and across Oxfordshire
to get back on their feet. We hope that his support will encourage
local residents to join the group because the more volunteers we
have, the better service we can offer across West Oxfordshire.’