ITV’s Daybreak recognises the importance of first aid volunteers over Christmas

Dr Hilary Jones and Glen Curry

St John Ambulance volunteers featured on Daybreak on 11 December to highlight the life saving work they do in communities over the Christmas party season.

First aid for Christmas revellers

Daybreak’s Festive Frontline’ focused on the Shrewsbury Safer Nights project, Shropshire, to show how the charity’s volunteers are dedicated to providing first aid to those who need it and ensuring the safety of others. 

Footage was shown of a St John Ambulance team being the difference by attending to party-goers who suffered from minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, as well as major ones including fractures and severe bleeding.

Community support

The charity has helped to set up treatment units like the one in Shewsbury in other parts of the country, such as Sunderland and Suffolk, to assist people who find themselves in a vulnerable state during the run up to Christmas. 

Glen Curry, Regional Events Manager for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said:

‘We have a team of highly-trained first aiders, nurses and paramedics who will be volunteering their services to support party-goers or anyone who requires first aid support in the town centre streets during this busy period.

Having centres like these available means people can get treatment quickly, which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency.’

While it is important to have fun over Christmas, St John Ambulance reminds everyone to stay safe while partying by keeping hydrated, being prepared for all weather conditions, and seeking help from those around them if needed. The charity also has a free St John Ambulance iPhone and Android App for vital first aid while on the go.

Contact and copyright info