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stjohns400St John Ambulance are set to open a second base on the Island in Ryde to accompany the existing unit in Newport.

During 2013, the Island’s St John Ambulance volunteers carried out over 6,500 hours of voluntary service in total and provided first aid cover at events such as Cowes Week fireworks display, the Isle of Wight County Show and Walk the Wight.

Now, Island residents are urged to join the volunteer team at either Ryde or Newport. Each adult who joins is given first aid training in situations ranging from choking and having a heart attack, to treating burns and administering chest compressions on a patient who has stopped breathing.

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Michael Hine, Area Manager for St John Ambulance on the Isle of Wight, said:

“Demand for first aiders is strong across the Island and we believe there are many more people living on the Isle of Wight who would be interested in learning to save lives and to volunteer for St John Ambulance.

“Of course those first aid skills aren’t just used when they’re at events. Learning first aid and taking it into their communities on the island means that they’re equipped to help family and friends at home, work or anywhere else that an emergency happens. They can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

If you are an adult who would like to volunteer your time and join either the new Ryde unit or the established Newport unit, telephone 01983 822794 or email [email protected].

The charity also operates Cadet (aged 11 to 16) and Badger (aged five to ten) units at Newport and Ryde. Children learn first aid from the start, and older Cadets get the chance to volunteer at events too.

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