On Tuesday 28 February, High Sheriff of Suffolk, Stephen Miles, visited St John Ambulance’s Suffolk headquarters in Bramford, near Ipswich, to see firsthand how the charity is making a difference across the county.
During the two hour visit the High Sheriff met with Joanna Spicer, Chairman of St John Council in Suffolk, Tony Curd, County Commander; Rex Clarke, County Commissioner and Anne Chaplin, County Executive Officer. In addition, he spent time meeting with the charity’s staff, crews and volunteers who generously donate their time and skills to provide first aid cover at over 1,700 events across Suffolk each year.
Tony Curd, County Commander of St John Suffolk says of the visit: ‘We were delighted that Stephen and his wife, Petrina, were able to spend so much time with us. The visit gave us the opportunity to explain how the role of St John Ambulance has changed over the years and reinforce the leading role we play in first aid provision.’
‘At St John Ambulance we believe nobody should die who needed first aid and didn’t get it. The High Sheriff was impressed to hear that our volunteers annually gives over 105,000 hours of their time and treat over 2,300 people a year across the county. We also explained the significant role St John Ambulance plays as a youth organisation in the county, with over 400 Cadets and Badgers and that over 2,000 youngsters had received first aid training in 2011 through our schools education programme.
‘We also explained the role we play in supporting bariatric patients across the East of England and that St John Ambulance Suffolk is leading the field in providing such support for patients weighing up to seventy stone.’
The visit finished with an inspection of the charity’s ambulance fleet and the High Sheriff saying:
‘Suffolk is so lucky to have such a dedicated service from St. John with huge support from volunteers.’
For further information about St John Ambulance Suffolk or to donate, call 01473 241500 or visit www.sja.org.uk