President of St Andrew’s First Aid the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry hosts First Aid celebrations during Volunteers’ Week 2013

Volunteers were at the heart of a reception hosted by The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, President of St Andrew’s First Aid, to celebrate the opening of our new premises in Edinburgh during Volunteers’ Week 2013.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place from 1 to 7 June each year and helps celebrate the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.  Volunteers’ Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteering in the UK.  At the reception which took place on Thursday 6 June, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry officially recognised some of St Andrew’s First Aid’s most valued volunteers at an awards ceremony. Julie McLaren, Jonathon Hughes and Clare Tervit all received awards for their First Aid endeavours. Jonathon and Claire each received an award for Outstanding First Aid Contribution after Jonathon performed CPR on a casualty at the scene of a bike accident and Claire assisted with a fatal collapse earlier this year.  Julie received the award for Best Supporter of a Corps Company as she has been instrumental in the establishment of a Cadet section at the West Calder branch of St Andrew’s First Aid.

Commenting on the reception, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry said: “I was delighted to have been asked to officially open Dock Place and give some well deserved recognition to some of our most valued volunteers.  It was a great pleasure to be able to present awards to the outstanding individuals who, through their skills, enthusiasm and commitment, are a credit to the St Andrew’s First Aid.”

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry met volunteers, staff and trustees before viewing a First Aid causality simulation demonstration preformed by the St Andrew’s First Aid Cadets.  After the awards presentation and a short talk on the value of volunteering, the Duke officially opened Dock Place, by unveiling a plaque to commemorate the special occasion.

Stuart Callison, Chief Executive, of St Andrew’s First Aid commented: “We have ambitious plans to raise public awareness of the importance of a good knowledge of First Aid, and to recruit new members to our team of volunteer First Aiders, who are a familiar sight at events all across Scotland. Dock Place is a more modern setting for our commercial and volunteering activities, which we have tailored to suit our exact requirements. We are honoured that our President was able to officially open our new premises, which we hope will go a long way to funding our charity work whilst providing room for future growth.”

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