Life Saver: St John Ambulance newsletter

Autumn/Winter 2016


Katrina HodgesI am Katrina Hodges, the new Director of Fundraising at St John Ambulance. Before taking on this role I was working in community fundraising, supporting people who wanted to raise money for this great organisation. I have had a long and varied career in fundraising, from working in a regional capacity for the Lifeboats, to a national role with Cats Protection and more recently as Director of Fundraising for a hearing support charity called Hearing Link.

I know how important it is to help others and to look after our own health; so working to raise funds for St John Ambulance in this new role was an opportunity too good to miss. The only way our team can carry on supporting our wonderful volunteers is with your help, so please continue to support us as often as you can, so our volunteers are equipped with the skills and equipment needed to save lives.

Our Autumn/Winter newsletter is filled with news about what’s been happening at St John Ambulance over the last several months. Over a million hours were given by our volunteers to provide first aid at events, 8,500 pupils in 98 schools received first aid training from St John Ambulance and over 260,000 people were trained in first aid through the workplace.

Here are the highlights:


Cayti HazeldineVolunteer lifesavers

Our volunteers play a crucial role in delivering first aid in your community. We make sure help is available where it is needed most. Our fully trained and equipped volunteers provide first aid at more than 30,000 events every year, from small village fairs to major sporting events like the London Marathon, Royal Ascot and music festivals. In 2015 alone, our volunteers kept people safe by giving over one million hours of their time. Read Cayti Hazeldine's story, who was volunteering as part of a 12-strong team at the Tigers Stadium in Leicester when they received an emergency call.


Mark, marathon runner for St John Ambulance Challenge your limits - Take part in a fundraising event

Whatever your level of fitness or ambition, we have a fundraising challenge for you. Take a look at our fundraising events, get your friends and family involved and raise money for a good cause.


Be a lifesaver at workBig Money Heroes

Help save lives by being one of our Big Money Heroes. We challenge teams from companies across the UK to compete by raising as much money as possible to turn a toy ambulance into a real one. This is a team game with your colleagues. Once you have registered your team, you will be sent a fundraising toolkit to help get you started.


RISERespect, Inspire, Support, Empower

RISE is one of our youth projects, created by young people for young people. We work with and support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn life saving skills. Fola Odebunmi was one of these young people. He lived in inner city London and at only 16-years-old was involved in gangs and fighting.


Community First ResponderYou're in trained hands

In May, we launched our Community First Responder (CFR) appeal. Our CFRs respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. You have helped raise over £30,000, which could help equip 20 more CFRs – thank you!

If you're passionate about providing community support, we'd love to hear from you. You'll be on-call from your home or work address. You don't need any previous experience - we provide all the training you need.


Aston Villa Behind the scenes

On Thursday 26 May, we showcased the delivery of first aid on a typical match day at Villa Park, Birmingham. Our fundraising team came together with regional employees, volunteers and Aston Villa Football Club to hold a unique behind-the-scenes experience.


TrainingBecome a lifesaver

With more than 20,000 courses held every year, we are the trainer of choice for hundreds of thousands of workplaces, schools and members of the public. We have the course for you.

Your support helps to ensure that, wherever a first aid emergency occurs, someone is on hand to help.