St John’s life-savers praised for Newcastle commitment

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04 Sep 2014

A team of life-saving volunteers have earned the praise of Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly after declaring their commitment to the Borough by moving to new premises in the town.

The St John Ambulance volunteers faced the prospect of leaving the Borough after asbestos was discovered during safety checks at their premises in Liverpool Road, where they have been based since 1973.

But Cross Heath councillor John Williams heard about the plight of the St John team and found them a new base at the Ramsey Road Community Centre. It means the first-aiders will carry on operating in the town, providing their vital life-saving skills for the community.

Mr Farrelly said the decision to switch to new premises would ensure that the St John team would also be able to maintain their twice-weekly sessions training people in First Aid.

“The St John volunteers are the unsung heroes of the health service, turning out in all weathers and circumstances and their loss would have been a serious blow to Newcastle.

“First aid skills in an emergency can make the difference between life and death and I am delighted that the team will now stay here in Newcastle for the foreseeable future.

‘In all the years since St John has been based here, literally thousands of young people and volunteers have walked through their doors and been trained in First Aid, a quite remarkable achievement.

“By moving to new premises the St John team have renewed their commitment to the Borough and it is thanks to the hard work of John Williams and his fellow Labour councillors that the service has been preserved for the local community.”

Paul is pictured with Alan Humpage, Divisional Manager of the St John team in Newcastle (left), John Williams (centre), volunteers and fellow Councillor Gill Williams (far right) at their long-standing premises on the A34 Liverpool Road.