Danny to carry the baton for St Andrew’s First Aid

Long-standing St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer, Danny McLauchlan, has been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton through East Dunbartonshire in the final stage of its journey before it reaches the City of Glasgow for the XX Commonwealth Games. Danny will have the honour of relaying the baton as it passes through his home town Kirkintilloch on Saturday 19 July, just four days before the Opening Ceremony.

Speaking just after receiving confirmation of his involvement, Danny said,

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be chosen as a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games, I am over the moon. It is incredible to think that the baton will already have covered hundreds of thousands of miles and that I will be linked with people from so many other nations who have relayed it. I’m so proud to have been chosen from my local area. I have lived in Kirkintilloch since 1986 so it is very much home to me and my family. It is even more special that the Games are taking place so nearby and that the people of not only Glasgow but of Scotland as a whole can come together to celebrate sport.”

Baton bearers have been selected based on their significant contributions to their local community through, for example, voluntary work. Danny has been volunteering with St Andrew’s First Aid for fifteen years after hearing a First Aid course advertised on the radio. Since then he has worked his way up through the ranks of his local St Andrew’s First Aid Company, which is also based in Kirkintilloch, eventually heading it by becoming Commandant. His son Martyn is also involved with the Company as a cadet officer who works with young people to train them in life-saving First Aid skills.

Danny has been the Duty Officer at countless events in the Glasgow area, most recently including the 68th Scottish League Cup final between Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he led the group of St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers who provided First Aid cover for the 51,143 people who attended.

When asked why he likes to volunteer with St Andrew’s First Aid, he explained,

“I just like helping people and giving something back. My favourite part of being a First Aider is meeting people, I love getting to know the public and it’s great when they appreciate you, which they certainly do. At the end of a match they’ll come up and thank you and shake your hand. Working together with the other volunteers as a team is also very fulfilling, they’re a terrific bunch and we’re able to build up a personal bond of mutual trust and friendship.”

Chief Executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, Stuart Callison, said,

“We are delighted that Danny has been selected as a baton bearer for the XX Commonwealth Games. With his years of service to the Scottish community and continued inspiration to new members of St Andrew’s First Aid, he is the perfect choice.”

If you would like to support the work of St Andrew’s First Aid at both local and national events throughout the country, please visithttps://www.firstaid.org.uk/make-a-donation or if you would like more information on becoming a volunteer like Danny, followhttp://www.firstaid.org.uk/volunteering.

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