David Cameron breathes life into new unit

David cameron in Oxfordshire

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.

David Cameron
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 unit.

‘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.’