Life Saver: St John Ambulance newsletter
I 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
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
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.
Read our autumn/winter
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Here are the highlights:
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
Challenge your limits - Take part in a fundraising
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
Take part in a
Be a lifesaver at work
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
Become a Big Money Hero
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
You'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.
Become a Community First Responder
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.
See upcoming legacy
Become 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.
Book a course
Your support helps to ensure that, wherever a first aid
emergency occurs, someone is on hand to help.