St John Ambulance volunteers prepare for action at
As tennis fans look forward to a
fortnight of world class tennis at Wimbledon, St John Ambulance
volunteers are preparing to be the difference by providing first
aid cover at the championships.
Familiar sight since 1988
The charity’s trained volunteers will be on
hand to keep spectators at SW19 safe by making
sure that first aid treatment is available to everyone who needs
Members from all over London will be involved and about
50 first aid volunteers will be present each day.
St John Ambulance will also deploy doctors, nurses and an ambulance
to transport serious cases to hospital.
St John Ambulance in London provides first aid cover at a wide
number of events throughout the year and has a
long-standing relationship with the All England Lawn Tennis
Club. Since 1988, the Charity has treated more than
36,000 people at the event.
Come prepared for the conditions
Ann Cable, Commissioner of St John Ambulance
London, said: ‘During our time covering Wimbledon, we’ve treated
all sorts of illnesses and injuries, from headaches and grazes to
more serious problems.
‘We are determined to be the difference by making sure
that first aid is available to everyone who needs it.’
She added: ‘We would urge everyone to make themselves
aware of the first aid points just in case an
emergency should arise.
‘We would also encourage people to check the weather
forecast and bring a waterproof jacket if it’s likely to
be wet, and bring a hat and suncream if it’s looking likely to be
The charity’s top tips for enjoying the weather safely
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
Wear a hat – This will provide extra
protection against the sun.
Take a waterproof jacket – If the forecast is
for wet weather, bring a waterproof coat or jacket to avoid getting
too cold if caught in showers.