St Andrew’s First Aid thanks its volunteers at Volunteer Corps Conference 2014
Scotland’s leading First Aid charity, St Andrew’s First Aid, is saying thank you to its 2,000 volunteers at its biennial Volunteer Corps Conference this weekend. The conference is being held at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow and marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week which takes place from Sunday, 1 June until Saturday, 7 June.
Sheila McPherson, Head of Volunteering for St Andrew’s First Aid said,
“We are extremely thankful for all of our 2,000 volunteers who constantly champion the need for the people of Scotland to have a good knowledge of First Aid. Without our First Aiders, many events throughout the country simply could not go ahead. They provide First Aid cover at everything from major concerts to local folk nights to international sporting events to community sports days.
“We never forget that our life-saving work in communities of Scotland would not be possible without our First Aiders, fundraisers, administrators and other volunteers. St Andrew’s First Aid would like to say thank you to each and every person who gives up their time for the organisation. Together, we can save lives.”
The conference provides an opportunity for volunteers from across Scotland to meet with each other and help to shape the future of an organisation which has been around for over 130 years.
This year’s theme is “Count Me In”, based on the organisation’s latest campaign – First Aid, Count Me In. The charity wants some 34,000 Scots to sign up to their Count Me In pledge which states that they believe that no one should die because they needed First Aid and didn’t get it. St Andrew’s First Aid’s reasoning being that each year 34,000 Scots are admitted to hospital as a result of burns, falls and choking; common accidents that require emergency attention. Despite the difference it could make, less than one in four Scots (23%) are trained in the specialist skills required to administer First Aid.