2019 Fundraising Appeal

Our Thistles’ Christmas Wish

In a crisis it is vital that first aid is delivered with confidence

St Andrew’s First Aid Thistles programme is a free to access and attend youth project and service that provides educational and fun group activities for children aged 5-10 years old. Run by volunteers across Scotland, the Thistles have just celebrated their 30th Anniversary.

The children take part in activities to develop life-saving and life skills and have fun whilst trying new things and making new friends. This can include indoor and outdoor activities, games and trips, fundraising for their own group funding as well as fundraising for national first aid campaigns.

The Thistles programme was developed because we know that community resources are closing, and out of school opportunities for development are often very low in Scotland. In areas of deprivation especially, there are little or no free to attend groups and clubs. In these areas of deprivation, there is a higher risk of cardiac arrest and sadly a low number of people equipped to administer CPR. We are working with our Thistles to create a holistic approach to delivering life-saving first aid training and awareness.

The Thistles programme contributes to our early years and youth strategy and St Andrew’s First Aid is uniquely placed to provide brilliant youth opportunities for any age from as young as five years old. We are working hard to train a nation of life-savers, and targeted youth groups.

Please show us your support this Christmas by donating what you can afford, no matter how big or small to our Thistles! The group can be a much needed escape for the children who don’t have access to community groups in their area any more and we want to continue to provide them with the very best training and equipment that we can, all whilst having fun and making new friends!

Will you help us Create a Nation of Life-savers?

#TogetherWeCanSaveLives