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by Julie Kempson, Aug 2019

Are you looking at getting involved in a worthwhile charity?  Then why not check out the St John Ambulance in Crawley who are actively looking for more adult volunteers to join its’ team.

The St John Ambulance Brigade was formed in 1887, although their story goes all the way back to 11th century Jerusalem, when the first Knights of St John set up a hospital to care for sick pilgrims.

Nowadays in our modern world they play a crucial part in support our emergency services by responding to local incidents as well as major accidents.  Volunteers provide first aid in their local communities, keeping people safe at local events and working closely with the NHS when lives are on the line.

Open Day

Currently in Crawley the charity is keen to recruit local people over the age of 18 as volunteer first aiders – and in order to give people the chance to find out more about the charity and to learn some life saving skills, they are holding an open day on 10th August at the charity’s venue in East Park, starting at 9.00 until 4.00 pm.  There is no need to book, just come along and see first aid demonstrations and a behind the scenes look around the charity’s unit and ambulance.  Light refreshments and cakes will be on sale to help raise funds towards their work.

Local Crawley manager, Gareth Cannon says “We’re really very keen to expand our friendly team, to enable us to get out and about to more local events in our area”.

Some of the local events that the charity provides first aid for include Run Gatwick, Ified Mayfair and the Tilgate five mile fun run.  Nationally they attend events such as the London Marathon.

Why Volunteer?

Gareth further goes on to say “Volunteering with St John Ambulance is very rewarding and teaches you amazing life saving skills which could help you save a loved one, a friend or a stranger.

“Having more people trained in first aid in our local community is a positive step towards boosting community resilience and creating more life savers who live and work in the area.

“As a St John Ambulance volunteer you can be called upon to support the NHS when there’s heavy snow, or help at a rest centre during a critical incident. It’s extremely varied and you really can make a difference by getting involved.”

You do not need any previous experience as full training is given free of charge.  Volunteering is flexible so you can come along and help at a time which suits you.   Successful candidates will need to attend a welcome event which will be held at a later date and will also need to attend a series of training sessions in the following weeks.

If you would like more information or want to have a chat with Gareth, call him on 07557 576625 or drop him an email on  For more details about St John Ambulance click here