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Searching for new life-savers

ST John Ambulance is recruiting new first aid volunteers for its teams across the north and west of Wiltshire, including Melksham.

The charity is preparing for a busy summer, providing medical cover at events in the county and further afield,with new volunteers, keen to support their communities, needed in Melksham

“No previous training is required – it will all be provided – we just look for a desire to help people and the readiness to deal with situations that can be distressing,” said St John Ambulance area manager Shirley Cox.

“Our event first aiders are trained to a high standard to provide treatment to patients at concerts, sports events etc. at local, regional and national levels.”

As well as looking after people at everything from village fetes to the London Marathon, St John Ambulance volunteers step forward to help in other ways; for example, the snow and ice earlier this year saw them crewing 4×4 vehicles in support of the emergency services. Volunteers also fundraise to support the charity’s work and give public demonstrations of first aid skills.

“First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact,” Shirley added. “We want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The St John Ambulance group in Melksham meets on Tuesdays at 8.15pm to 10pm.

Applications to volunteer in Wiltshire can be made online at https://bit.ly/2rfNzoe

The closing date is Sunday 20th May and prospective recruits will be invited to a selection session in Swindon on Sunday 16th June, with successful applicants going on to complete training in July and August, ready to go out on duty.

To discuss the opportunity or for further details email Shirley: shirley.cox@sja.org.uk

For more information on the work of St John Ambulance, including details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit www.sja. org.uk or call 08700 10 49 50.

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