St Andrew’s First Aid thanks to volunteers and backers for their support during 2013
Leading First Aid Charity, St Andrew’s First Aid, is sending out a big thank you and festive wishes to all their volunteers and supporters, all of whom have helped to make Scotland a safer place to be in 2013.
The charity’s volunteers have provided First Aid cover at an astounding number of events over the course of 2013. From Dumfries to Dundee, Airdrie to Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Eaglesham, First Aiders have attended smaller, local events such as Christmas Fayres, as well as national sporting and musical events, all the while ensuring the wellbeing of members of the public. Over the past year they have donated 145,863 hours of their time, treating around 4,000 casualties and attending in the region of 3,800 duties, a truly remarkable figure. And many volunteers continue to work hard over the festive period, providing First Aid to the Scottish community at Hogmany events all around the country.
Volunteers have also been heavily involved in fundraising for the charity during the last year. Fundraising is an invaluable source of income which makes a tremendous different to the work of the charity. Many local fundraising events organised by Companies have taken place, such as ceilidhs, race nights and charity gigs and volunteers have also raise funds by taking part in can collections and selling raffle tickets.
St Andrew’s First Aid would also like to thank the public for their support. The charity has received many letters of thanks from organisations and members of the public, for whom volunteers have delivered First Aid support, which comment on their warmth and professionalism, and which are always gratefully received. Whether by attending an event, signing the ‘Count Me In’ pledge which supports the idea that no-one should die because they needed First Aid and didn’t get it, buying raffle tickets or donating to the charity, the work of St Andrew’s First Aid is only possible due to the time and generosity of the public.
St Andrew’s First Aid has also garnered political support in the last year. A visit by MP Jo Swinson in May, following her experience of a life-threatening allergic reaction to nuts which resulted in anaphylactic shock, helped raise awareness that First Aid saves lives. Cross-party support of the charity’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign was also achieved when a parliamentary motion was introduced in Holyrood by MSP James Dornan during Scottish First Aid Week 2013.
The charity continues to be supported by high-profile celebrities who highlight the importance of knowing First Aid. Scottish signer Susan Boyle visited St Andrew’s First Aid headquarters in Glasgow in December to draw the Scottish First Aid Week raffle and show her support for the ‘Count Me In’ Campaign. Famous Scots such as Annie Lennox and James McAvoy, as well as a host of legendary football teams, from Hibernian, Hearts and Aberdeen to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Southhampton signed T-shirts to be auctioned on eBay.
Head of Fundraising, Helen Forrest, said: “I would like to thank all of our volunteers for taking the time to provide First Aid cover at such a wide range of events all around the country. The level of professionalism with which they carry out their duties is to be highly commended. I would also like to thank all of St Andrew’s First Aid’s supporters, whether donors, signatories of ‘Count Me In’ or attendees of one of our events. We have had a very successfully year and are looking forward to working with you in 2014.”
In the New Year, St Andrew’s First Aid’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign continues to run, focusing on the fact that no-one should die because they needed First Aid and didn’t get. The charity aims to get 34,000 pledges of support – the same number as those admitted to hospital each year as a result of day-to-day accidents which could have been treated by First Aid. If you would like to pledge your support of the ‘Count Me In’ campaign today, sign online at http://www.firstaid.org.uk/the-pledge.
Exciting events are planned in 2014, such as the Kiss of Life champagne lunch, taking place at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 31 January 2014. The event will be hosted by TV presenter Catriona Shearer, with entertainment from acclaimed West End actor and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Darius. On a more serious note, CPR skills will be demonstrated as part of an awareness raising campaign that First Aid saves lives. To book your tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lynsey or Rebecca on 0141 332 4031.