Cadets celebrate 80 years of St John Ambulance in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 October 2014

Harpenden St John Ambulance Cadets Sofie K, Emily Bunn and Shivani Patel on the lucky dip

Harpenden St John Ambulance Cadets Sofie K, Emily Bunn and Shivani Patel on the lucky dip

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People passing through Harpenden last Saturday were treated to an insight into the world of first aid, as St John Ambulance celebrated 80 years in the town.

The Harpenden Cadet unit of the organisation, which is the nation’s leading first aid charity, prepared a day of activities to celebrate.

The Harpenden Fire Station was transformed in to a safety-how-to hub; with first aid demos, a fake injuries stand, resuscitation station, and ambulance tours.

The charity event also raised funds which will be used to train volunteers and buy essential first aid equipment.

The rainy weather didn’t dampen people’s spirits and countless passers by stopped to donate and get involved.

People of all ages were taught essential first aid skills and willing young patients were given fake injuries, then made up and then treated in the appropriate way.

Brian Heron-Edmends, St John Ambulance district manager with responsibility for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, said: “What is really good news is that the Harpenden Cadet unit is now 30-strong with a waiting list.

“All these Cadets are receiving first aid training which means that they have the skills to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. One of them is also going to become a youth leader, which is a great example of leadership development.”

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