St John Ambulance’s pop-up training centre receives royal
On 1 April, His Royal Highness the Duke of
Gloucester visited our pop-up training centre in Runcorn Shopping
Centre to participate in a number of activities put on by St John
Ambulance. The Duke leads the charity worldwide as The Grand
The afternoon marked the final day for our
pop-up training centre, which opened in October 2014 in a formerly
empty unit. On Tuesdays and Thursdays every week since then, our
volunteers have been passing on their vital first aid knowledge to
thousands of shoppers.
During the afternoon the Duke watched first
aid training being given to students from Riverside College
and Hallwood Park School. There were also public first aid
demonstrations in the main area of the shopping centre. All
sessions were delivered by our regional trainers.
The Duke presented six Grand Prior Awards to
Cadets from our North West region. The Cadets rewarded for their
efforts were Rebecca Whalley, Alexander Smith, Jack Broderick,
Sophie Ward, Gina Hill and Laura Laffey. All six have achieved the
highest award possible for a St John Ambulance Cadet.
'The difference between a life lost and a life saved'
Graham Ellis, Training and Community Project
manager for St John Ambulance in the North West, said: 'It was a
great afternoon and we were delighted to have had the chance to
show the Duke the work of our excellent trainers especially with
local young people. I'd like to thank all the volunteers and
trainers who made the afternoon such a success and showed what a
superb team we have here in the region.
‘The royal visit was a fitting end for our training centre here
and we're looking forward to opening similar centres around the
North West in the coming year to continue our mission of teaching
as many people as possible to be the difference between a life lost
and a life saved.'